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Poetry Readings, Listenings*, & Performances
*thanks to D. B. Appleton
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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.

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June 5, 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

Sunday, June 8th at 2:00pm: Fat Poets Speak 2: Eileen Rosensteel and Mary Ray Worley
Eileen Rosensteel is a bodacious Bohemian committed to embodying sacredness. Finding inspiration in stories of forgotten foremothers and community, she creates poetry, performance art and healing rituals. Her portfolio includes a show about the fat ladies of the circus, dancing in a non-normative body and poetry about what it's like being a fat woman in today's society. She stirs life up from her hometown of Madison, WI. Her work has been shared on stage as well as in We'Moon, Breadcrumb Scabs, and Madison Magazine.

About Mary Ray Worley: I believe in compassion, kindness, generosity, and nonviolence in all spheres of life. I help with the music for the service in Spanish at Grace Episcopal Church in downtown Madison at noon on Sundays.

About the book: The poets from Fat Poets Speak: Voices of the Fat Poets' Society again embrace their lives as fat women in a thin-loving culture and write poems about negotiating their days among different, sometimes dangerous and hate-filled worlds. But they are more than just their voices. They are women who live and love with gusto, passion and yearning—they live and love fatly. Fat Poets Speak 2 takes you on a journey through the lives of these deeply angry, loving, creative poets. Laugh, cry, commiserate and celebrate as the poets guide you through highs and lows, sadness and joy, grim defiance and determination and stunning pinnacles of loving and understanding. Especially lush and sensuous poems are starred for the benefit of readers. Fat Poets Speak 2 features the poems of Kathy Barron, Anne S. Kaplan, Lesleigh Owen, Eileen Rosensteel, Mary Ray Worley, and Frannie Zellman, with new voices Durette Hauser, Deb Lemire, Dr. Deah Schwartz and M.M. Stein. At A Room of One's Own, 315 W. Gorham St.

June 21, 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 for more information.

June 29, Sunday, 1–4 pm: Olbrich Gardens Poetry Reading, Olbrich Gardens, Madison