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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

September

Thursday, September 11, 8 pm: Felix Writing Series Poetry Reading, Rainbow Bookstore, 426 W. Gilman St, Madison.

Evelyn Reilly's books of poetry include Apocalypso and Styrofoam, both published by Roof Books, as well as Fervent Remnants of Reflective Surfaces, from Portable Press at Yo Yo Labs, and Hiatus, from Barrow Street Press. Essays and poetry have recently appeared in Omniverse, the Eco-language Reader, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and Verse, as well as the &NOW Awards2: The Best Innovative Writing and The Arcadia Project: Postmodernism and the Pastoral. An interview with the writer is included in Andy Fitch's Sixty Morning Talks, published by Ugly Duckling Presse. Reilly has taught at St. Marks Poetry Project and the Summer Writing Program of Naropa University, and has been a curator of the Segue Reading Series in New York City.

September 20, 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 urbanspokenword@gmail.com for more information. urbanspokenword.org

September 24, Wednesday, 7–10 pm: Arts Cabaret, Art Lofts, 111 N. Frances St, Madison. https://m.facebook.com/events/275298939335031

October

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 arachne@madpoetry.org

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; villagebooksmith@yahoo.com

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.

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 urbanspokenword@gmail.com for more information. urbanspokenword.org