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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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Tuesday August 25, 4 pm
Paean to Place: Nature in Poetry & Music: Finding Lorine Niedecker
On the occasion of the premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison’s new work, Seven Poems of Lorine Niedecker, the Token Creek Festival is pleased to offer an afternoon forum on the poet’s life and work, and music that she inspired. Biographer Margot Peters and composer John Harbison will lead the discussion. (A summer picnic on the farm follows. Afterwards, an evening recital by soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbons and pianist Ryan McCullough, presenting music on themes that absorbed the poet, concludes the day’s events.)
Tickets: $20 / $10 students. Reservations recommended.
Location: Token Creek Festival Barn, 4037 Hwy 19, DeForest WI
Info: or 608-241-2525


September 4, First Thursday Bubbler Poetry Open Mike, 7 pm: Central Branch Library Bubbler Room, 201 W. Mifflin St. 6:30 pm: poetry mini-workshop. For info 608-566-9087 or

First Fridays, 8 pm: Madtown Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Ron Czerwien at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, 1101 Williamson St., Madison, 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. Signup starts at 7 pm. Questions call 255-4730.

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;

September 19, 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.