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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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October 2, 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

Friday, October 3, 8 pm: Madtown Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Ron Czerwien at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, welcomes all forms of poetry. Each month a featured reader is showcased for 15-20 minutes, followed by the open mic. Readers in the open mic are invited to read their original work for up to five minutes. Sign up starts at 7 pm and the event begins at 8 pm. The featured reader for Friday, October 3rd is Richard Roe.

October 5, Sunday, 2 pm: Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar regional reading. 67 poets from this region have poems in the 2015 Calendar. Room of One’s Own, 315 W. Gorham Street, Madison.

Sporadic Second Fridays, 7:30 pm. Featured readers followed by open mike. For additional information contact Annie Randall at the Village Booksmith, 526 Oak St, Baraboo. 608-355-1001;

Friday Oct 10 JEAN FERACA (Reading & Booksigning). Poet/humanist/journalist and a 27-year veteran of Wisconsin Public Radio, Jean Feraca brings a lively personal style and a sense of adventure.

Friday, October 17, 7:30 pm: Join Madison’s own Monsters of Poetry Reading Series and the Wisconsin Book Festival for a night of autumnal fire. We are proud to present Cole Lavalais, William D. Waltz, Christopher Bolin, and Shara Lessley. Features a half-time raffle that will include signed copies of the readers’ books and other literary wonders. Come hang out! Your blood will be cidered, your hearts will turn, your minds will be raked congenially into piles in the yard! Dragonfly Lounge, 401 E. Wash. Madison, WI. Monsters is proud to be a part of the 2014 Wisconsin Book Festival!

October 18, 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.