Jan 29 2023


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm



Poetry Marathon—Potluck & Watch Party *IN PERSON*

Promotional image, blue green and purple flowing horizontal color pattern, text reading "Woodland Pattern Book Center 29th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit, Potluck & Watch Party, Sat. & Sun. Jan. 28 & 29, 2023, 10 AM-10 PM each day" written in bold overtop color pattern, filling the entire image.

For those who miss the in-person Marathon, we will be throwing a tribute party to the "before times" with a community potluck at Woodland Pattern, where you can browse participating poets' books, hang out with friends, eat some chicken and dumplings, and watch the virtual Marathon in the gallery.  To ensure we keep everyone safe, this party will be ticketed and limited to 50 people. Pre-registration is suggested to secure your spot if you'd like to join us, but walk-ins are welcome so long as we have space.


Woodland Pattern’s most highly anticipated annual event, the Poetry Marathon is a two-day, 24-hour lyrical extravaganza with performances from more than 300 individual poets, musicians, and moving image artists.

In addition to being an extraordinary event and a beloved tradition for poets of all ages, the Poetry Marathon serves as a community-driven fundraiser. Participating poets are asked to raise a small amount of funds among family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc., and/or via social media, with a goal of $50 in pledges on each reader’s behalf. Those contributions are then matched by a sponsor for the hour and supplemented by major sponsorships. Thanks to our community, funds raised through the Marathon each January have kept Woodland Pattern going strong for decades, providing fuel for all our programmatic activities in the year ahead.

All 24 hours of the Poetry Marathon will be livestreamed via Crowdcast. As usual, each hour will feature 10 or more poets reading for up to 5 minutes each, plus remarks and conversation among curators, our staff, and audience members. We will be posting the full schedule of hours and participating poets imminently!

Learn more about the entire Marathon and join us on Crowdcast for the full 24 hours!


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