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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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A Space For Poetry, broadcasting on WMUU 102.9 FM every other Friday at 2 a.m. and 8 a.m.


Friday, June 23, 7 pm: F.J. reads from her new chapbook A Catalogue of the Further Suns, a compilation of dystopian first-contact science-fiction (don't say you weren't warned) poems, winner of the Gold Line Press competition. Refreshments! Books (please support your locally-owned, independent bookstore!) Mystery to Me Bookstore, 1863 Monroe St, Madison.


July 7, Friday, 8 pm: Madtown Poetry Open Mic, Madtown Poetry Open Mic at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse. Sign-up 7:30 pm, featured reader John Burroughs at 8 pm. Open Mic follows. Questions call Ron at 608-255-4730.

July 14, 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,

July 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 for more information.