Patrick Michael Werle 
I am a poet, editor, designer, and writer making my home in South Minneapolis. I received my BA (magna cum laude) from Augsburg College in 2014 and my MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University in 2017. After dropping out of high school, making a few failed attempts at college, getting married and becoming a father, I decided to leave my job of 18 years with a Natural Foods Co Op and make another attempt at school. During my first semester at Augsburg, I rediscovered a love of poetry and writing thanks to a few really great, encouraging professors. While in my undergraduate program at Augsburg I discovered an interest in Editorial work. I served as an assistant editor and, later, as Poetry Editor for Murphy Square. I served on the Editorial Board and as a reader for two years with Water Stone Review at Hamline University. From 2014 to 2017, I served as a Senior Editor and Designer with Poetry City, USA. I am currently a mentor with the Minnesota Prison Writer's Project. My personal story is less than well crafted, has more than a few missing days, and wanders all over the pages. A childhood moving around from house to house to angry-punk-rock adolescence, never quite fitting in, a trip or two to the nervous hospital, and a few knocks to the I am, on the other side of it all. There is not much I haven't done or seen in the world and this is what drives my poems.....and my life's work. I live with my wife, two kids, and a dog in a house I am always working on. I find I am happiest in the throes of a poetry reading, sitting with headphones wrapped around my ears, or losing myself in strange and wandering conversations. Recently, I completed my first collection of poems, ​Afterparty.

Publication & Performance
Submission and publishing always feels like such a strange hassle and I am lazy in getting my work out there. That being said, I have poems & essays published in the following journals:

Big Bell
Murphy Square
Rock, Paper, Scissors
Gonzo Today
Poetry City, USA Vol. 4 and Vol. 6
Rad Dads...A Chapbook
Double Kiss: Stories, Poems & Essays on the Art of  Billiards

I have performed my work, much more than publishing. I enjoy the performative aspects of get an audience reaction right away and to the feel the words enter the world

Maeve's Sessions
The Great Twin Cities Poetry Read 2014,2016, 2018
Cracked Walnut Reading Series
Poets & Pints
MSP at AWP Seattle, WA
555 Series
The New Shit Show Minneapolis
St.Paul Almanac Reading Series
Rad Dads
and a whole bunch more I am forgetting....


I have experience in all aspects of editing for publication, including design and layout.

I have served on the following editorial boards, as both Assistant Editor and Senior Editor;
Murphy Square: Assistant Editor, Poetry 2013
                           Senior Poetry Editor 2014
Waterstone Review: Editorial Board, Poetry 2015
Poetry City, USA: Senior Editor 2014 to 2017
                                 Cover Designer 2014 to 2017

I have assisted in the editorial process for manuscripts by fellow poets and participated in several writing workshops in and outside of my MFA experience. 

I have working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, Submittable, and Print On Demand.

In addition, I have promoted and curated several Poetry events for the local community and for AWP off-site events.

Contact Me​​

Drop me a message for readings, editing opportunities, or other cool things happening in the world