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Madison:

  • Madison Arts Commission: (formerly CitiARTS) grant programs distributes funds to Madison artists and non-profit arts organizations. http://www.cityofmadison.com/mac/index.cfm
  • Urban Spoken Word Collective: Monthly slam and open mike 3rd Saturdays; monthly workshop. dahiii@hotmail.com

    Wisconsin:
  • Council For Wisconsin Writers: Annual Wisconsin Writing Awards; $500 for book-length poetry published in previous calendar year; deadline Jan. SASE for rules to P.O. Box 55322, Madison, WI 53705-55322 or see www.wiswriters.org
  • Hessen-Wisconsin Writers is a cooperative program between writers in the sister states of Wisconsin amd Hessen, Germany. Dirk Huelstrunk visited Madison in 2003 (if you missed hearing his excellent "Poem against War," read it here) and recently in 2011; Madison poet Matt Guenette did a resisency in Germany in 2010.
  • PortalWisconsin: a non-profit Web site created by the Cultural Coalition to promote culture including, arts, humanities and history in Wisconsin. http://portalwisconsin.org/
  • Wisconsin Arts Board 608-267-2027; FAX 608-267-0380. Mark Fraire handles their Fellowship awards to individual artists in poetry (among other disciplines). His direct phone number is 608-264-8191 and his email is mark.fraire@arts.state.wi.us. http://arts.state.wi.us/static/
  • Wisconsin Assembly for Local Arts: a resource for artists, arts organizations, arts supporters, arts audiences, and Wisconsin's future. Arts, community, and advocacy news and updates, technical assistance and nonprofit management information, links to the local, state, regional, national and international galaxy of cultural individuals and organizations, Wisconsin arts jobs, link to Assembly members' websites, join. Anne Katz, Executive Director, P.O. Box 1054, Madison, WI 53701-1054. (608) 255-8316, (608) 255-0334 fax, e-mail: akatz@wisconsinarts.org. www.wisconsinarts.org
  • Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets: The only state-wide poet's organization. Anyone can join. The WFOP holds state-wide conferences in spring and fall. The South Central (Madison-area) VP is James Roberts. You can reach him at: 324 Kedzie St. #30, Madison, WI 53704, (608) 242-7340, JRob52162@aol.com, or call Richard Roe at (608)831-8947 or e-mail richard.roe@legis.state.wi.us for more information. The Museletter is mailed to members quarterly; write the editor, Christine Falk, at 9556 Upper 205th St. W, Lakeville, MN 55044 or e-mail her at thefalks@frontiernet.net. www.wfop.org
  • Wisconsin Regional Writer's Association: Serves as an umbrella organization for writing groups throughout Wis. $25/year membership. Quarterly newsletter, contests, state-wide conferences in spring and fall. See www.wrwa.net.

    USA:
  • The Academy of American Poets: The largest poetry organization in the country, it supports American poets at all stages of their careers and fosters the appreciation of contemporary poetry. Many, many programs and funds. www.poets.org/index.cfm.
  • The Haiku Society of America The Midwest Region has an active chapter. http://www.hsa-haiku.org/regions/midwest.htm
  • National Federation of State Poetry Societies: Listing of state poetry organizations as well as the contests and activities they sponsor. www.NFSPS.com.
  • Poetry Society of America: A wide variety of programs, awards, and resources. www.poetrysociety.org/

Send info about local & national associations useful to poets to arachne@madpoetry.org