2014 WINTER FESTIVAL OF POETRY! Sundays 2–4 pm. All readings will begin with a First Wave poet. At The Fountain, 122 State St.
MARCH 2, 2014: War Of The Poets.
Act One: Tim Walsh, Sandy Stark, Mary Linton.
Act Two: F. J. Bergmann, Alice D'Alessio, Brent Christianson.
MARCH 9, 2014: The Poets Of Oz.
Act One: Lisa Cihlar, Lewis Bosworth, Ronnie Hess.
Act Two: John Lehman, Fabu, Daniel Kunene, Eileen Rosensteel.
MARCH 16, 2014: Gone With The Poem.
Act One: Norma Gay Prewett, Faustina Bohling, Robin Chapman.
Act Two: Shoshauna Shy, Wendy Vardaman, Andrea Musher.
March 1, Saturday, 4 pm: The Madison-based Harlem Renaissance Museum is holding “Voices of the Harlem Renaissance,” on 2014, 4:00p.m. Held at the Lakeview Public Library, 2845 N Sherman Ave, on Madison’s north side, the Harlem Renaissance Museum will honor and celebrate Black History with a talented battery of artists and actors rendering poetic monologues in the voices of some of the most prominent names of the Harlem Renaissance, who were also members of the LGBTQ community. The program will include live music and a mini-lecture on the Harlem Renaissance. "Voices," is a follow up program to the Museum's wildly successful Harlem Renaissance Festival held in November 2013. The event is free and open to the public.
The Harlem Renaissance refers to a cultural movement in the 1920s and 1930s, in which African American writers, visual artists, composers and musicians, flourished. The Harlem Renaissance is generally considered the period in which jazz, America’s first musical art form, was created.
The Harlem Renaissance Museum is an outgrowth of Urban Spoken Word, Inc., a Madison-based organization of poets that organize regular poetry readings, poetry slams and writing workshops. The Harlem Renaissance Museum’s mission is to reinvigorate an interest in jazz and the arts among youth by providing youth and the larger community with educational resources regarding the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance Museum plans to open Fall/Winter 2014.
March 6, Thursday, 7–9 pm: Bubbler Poetry Open Mike, Central Branch Library Bubbler Room, 201 W. Mifflin St. 6–6:30 pm: poetry mini-workshop. For info 608-566-9087 or email@example.com
March 7, Friday, 7 pm: The Monsters of Poetry are excited to announce a reading at The Dragonfly Lounge (402 E. Washington St., Madison) featuring Nick Twemlow, Krista Eastman, Brittany Perham, and Peter Kline. . As usual, a 3-dollar suggested donation at the door gets you a raffle ticket for a chance to win books, chapbooks, and records!
Nick Twemlow's first book, Palm Trees, won the 2013 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is a senior editor at the Iowa Review and co-edits Canarium Books. His short films have played Tribeca, SXSW, Slamdance, and many other film festivals. He lives in Iowa City and teaches film and creative writing at Coe College.
Krista Eastman’s essays have appeared in The Georgia Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Massachusetts Review, New Letters, Witness, and many other fine journals. Her work has received several awards and distinctions, including a Notable Essay citation from Best American Essays.
Brittany Perham is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow; she also teaches in the MFA Program at the University of San Francisco. She is the author of The Curiosities (Parlor Press, 2012) and her work appears or is forthcoming in Southern Humanities Review, Southern Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, Linebreak, and elsewhere. In winter 2014, she was a writer-in-residence at the James Merrill House in Stonington, CT. She lives in San Francisco.
Peter Kline is currently poet-in-residence at the Amy Clampitt House in Lenox, Massachusetts. Formerly a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry Writing, he teaches creative writing at the University of San Francisco and with the Writer's Studio at Stanford University. His first collection of poetry, Deviants, was published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press in the fall of 2013.
March 7, Friday, 7:30 pm: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) 227 State St.
Be amused and amazed at MMoCA on the first Friday in March. This MMoCA Nights event will pay tribute to Surrealism, represented in both The Mystery Beneath and Real/Surreal exhibitions, with collaborative Surrealist parlor games and live poetry. WFOP members Jeannie Bergmann, Ron Czerwien, Morgan Harlow, Gary Powell, James P. Roberts, Richard Swanson, Wendy Vardaman, Sarah Bussee, Guy Throvaldsen, Ronnie Hess, Alice D’Alessio, Jackie Langetieg, Sandy Stark, Kathy Miner, Mary Rowin, Martha Kaplan, Jeanie Tomasko, Steve Tomasko, Susan Elbe, Robin Chapman, Sara Parrell, and Marilyn Annucci, along with other Madison area poets, will respond—as individuals or as a group—to the themes of Realism and Surrealism with readings, in the galleries, from 7:30–8:15pm. Guests may view the exhibitions beginning at 6:00 p.m., then enjoy a gallery talk with Michael Jay McClure at 6:30 p.m. Venice Gas House Trolley will perform live throughout the evening. Admission is $10.00.
March 15, Saturday, 7 pm: Urban Spoken Word poetry slam and monthly open mic. The Urban Spoken Word Poetry Collective has consistently packed Genna’s upstairs room, displaying the best performance poets both locally and nationally. The poetry is passionate, funny, powerful and always entertaining; each slam is a competition wherein the competing poets can earn slots at this year’s Madison Slam Finals.Poetry slam is the art—and sport—of competitive poetry reading. Five judges are picked at random from the audience, and performers are judged based on content, delivery, form and originality. Each poet has three minutes, and cannot use props, costumes or music; it’s just the voice and the mic. Part poetry, part theater, part stand-up comedy, part oratory, slam is a constantly-evolving form, and always entertaining. At Genna’s on the Capitol square. Contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information. urbanspokenword.org
March 27, Thursday, 7 pm: The Bridge V Reading Series, with poets responding to "Changing Hands: Art without Reservation 3," will be held at the Chazen Museum of Art.