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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.

FEBRUARY 12: "Sacred Oak" -- Margaret Benbow, Dave Benson, Rosemary Zurlo-Cuva, Eugenia Highland, Mark Lilleleht, Araceli Esparza, Kinbria -- from Ireland.

FEBRUARY 19: "Fir Will Fly" -- Richard Roe, Nesha Kriv Ruther, Andrea Potos, Jo Simons, Sharon Daly, Beth Ann Workmaster.

FEBRUARY 26: "Crackin' A Walnut" -- Sara Parrell, Jeffrey Z. Rothstein, John Lehman, Steve Tomasko, Jeanie Tomasko, Fabu, Fran Rall.

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.

February

February 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.

February 10, 7:30 pm: Second Friday Open Mike. We welcome Poet Laureate Emeritus Bruce Dethlefsen back to the Booksmith stage to lead the resurgence of Second Friday Poetry. Share your own work or read some of your favorites. The Village Booksmith, On the Square, Downtown Baraboo
608-355-100, villagebooksmith.com

FEBRUARY 14, 7:00PM, H. C. WHITE HALL RM 6191, America Invertida: Uruguayan poetry in Spanish and translation.

FEBRUARY 15, 7:00PM, GORDON COMMONS AND EVENT CENTER, SECOND FLOOR, “Black Joy: Getting Black to Happy,” a reading and talk by Nikki Giovanni.

February 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

FEBRUARY 23, 7:00PM, ELVEHJEM BLDG, RM L140 (750 UNIVERSITY AVE), The Program in Creative Writing presents poet and 2015 National Book Award Winner Ross Gay, reading with poet Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

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 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.

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. Share your own work or read some of your favorites. The Village Booksmith, On the Square, Downtown Baraboo
608-355-100, villagebooksmith.com

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