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Poetry Readings, Listenings*, & Performances
*thanks to D. B. Appleton
Send news & announcements to: arachne@madpoetry.org

First Fridays 11 pm: Mind's Eye Radio: Madison area poets and writers rant, rave and reminisce on a new topic each month; airs on WORT, 89.9 FM.

Thursday nights 7:30 pm: Radio Literature: Show with local poets, writers and guest readers airs on WORT, 89.9 FM.

The conservatory at Olbrich Gardens © Fibitz

2017 WINTER FESTIVAL OF POETRY: "I Sing To The Trees"
THE FOUNTAIN BAR & RESTAURANT, 122 State Street, Madison.
All readings will begin at 2 p.m.

MARCH 5: "Sugar Maple Time" -- Dave Scheler, Marilyn Taylor, Anja Notanja, Freesia KcKee, Lewis Bosworth, Mark Kraushaar.

MARCH 12: "Ashes All Fall Down" --  Gordon Glass, Nydia Rojas, Esther (Catherine) Cowie, Bill Scanlon, Marlon Howard Banks, Frandu.

March

March 2, First Thursday, 7 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 arachne@madpoetry.org

March 3, Friday, 8 pm: Madtown Poetry Open Mic, Madtown Poetry Open Mic at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse. Sign-up 7:30 pm, featured reader at 8 pm. Open Mic follows. Questions call Ron at 608-255-4730. Featuring Amy Elizabeth Gaeta.

March 10, 7:30 pm: Second Friday Poetry Open Mike. Featuring Jeanie & Steve Tomasko. Share your own work or read some of your favorites. The Village Booksmith, On the Square, Downtown Baraboo
608-355-100, villagebooksmith.com

Saturday, March 11​​​​, 12:30 pm: POETRY OUT LOUD STATE FINALS at the Chazen Museum, 750 University Ave, Madison. Nine regional champions will recite three poems. The event will be emceed by Jim Fleming, and judged by Bruce Dethlefsen, Karla Houston, and Ronnie Hess.
Poetry Out Loud is a recitation contest for the nation's high school students supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and the Poetry Foundation.

March 18, Saturday, 7 pm: Urban Spoken Word poetry slam and monthly open mic. Competing poets can earn slots at the 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 urbanspokenword@gmail.com for more information. urbanspokenword.org

April

APRIL 3, 7:00PM, MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY, RM 301 (201 W MIFFLIN), The Program in Creative Writing presents graduating MFA candidates in poetry Alisha Dietzman, Sean Patrick Mulroy, Thiahera Nurse, Carolyn Orosz, and Leslie Sainz.

APRIL 3, 7:00PM, UNION SOUTH VARSITY HALL (1308 W Dayton), poet and novelist Margaret Atwood.

April 6, First Thursday, 7 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 arachne@madpoetry.org

April 7, Friday, 8 pm: Madtown Poetry Open Mic, Madtown Poetry Open Mic at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse. Sign-up 7:30 pm, featured reader at 8 pm. Open Mic follows. Questions call Ron at 608-255-4730. Featuring Amy Elizabeth Gaeta.

April 8, 7:30 pm: Second Friday Open Mike. Share your own work or read some of your favorites. The Village Booksmith, On the Square, Downtown Baraboo
608-355-100, villagebooksmith.com

APRIL 13, 7:00PM, MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY, RM 301 (201 W MIFFLIN), The Program in Creative Writing presents the 2016-17 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellows in Fiction and Poetry: Derrick Austin, Jamel Brinkley, Natalie Eilbert, Sarah Fuchs, Marcela Fuentes, and Barrett Swanson.

April 15, Saturday, 7 pm: Urban Spoken Word poetry slam and monthly open mic. Competing poets can earn slots at the 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 urbanspokenword@gmail.com for more information. urbanspokenword.org