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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.

A Space For Poetry: Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Fridays ONLY at 4 a.m., no longer at 8 a.m. on WWMV 95.5 FM.

The conservatory at Olbrich Gardens © Fibitz


Hidden Voices: African American Writers in Wisconsin is a literary presentation that looks at Jean Toomer, Lorraine Hansberrry and Sarah Webster Fabio all African American literary giants who lived and worked in Madison, Wisconsin, along with contemporary African American writers Poet Fabu, Catrina Sparkman and Sherry Lucille.
Lakeview Library, 1 pm on January 20, 2018
Alicia Ashman Library, 6:30 pm on February 2, 2018
Waunakee Public Library, 2 pm on February 3, 2018
DeForest Public Library, 10 am on February 10, 2018
Pinney Library, 2 pm on February 24, 2018 and
Middleton Public Library, 6:30 pm on February 27, 2018.

Tuesday, February 27, 6 pm: Two Countries anthology (Red Hen Press, 2017) poems and flash fiction from children of immigrants. Reading with authors F.J. Bergmann, Willa Schmidt and Angela Sorby at Mystery to Me bookstore, Monroe St, Madison.

Arts+Literature Laboratory: Madison writing community with scheduled activities, 2021 Winnebago St, Madison.
Write-ins provide all writers an opportunity to work for two hours with tea, coffee and sometimes conversation but without interruption.  
Every third Wednesday, 7–9 PM at Arts + Literature Laboratory.
Every Wednesday, 1:30–3:30 PM at HotelRED, Monroe St, Madison. 

Winter Festival of Poetry "Poeti-cats" reading dates. At Art-In, 1444 E. Washington Ave, Madison (now with 2 brewpubs!). All readings begin at 2 pm.

JANUARY 21: "RUM-TUM-TUGGER"  -- Lynn Patrick Smith, Guy Thorvaldsen, Jody Curley, Gene Gilbert, Shoshauna Shy, Angie Trudell-Vasquez.

JANUARY 28: "OLD DEUTERONOMY" -- Andrea Potos, Dawn Anderson, Fran Rall, Sharon Daly, Katrin Talbot, Brent Christianson.

 FEBRUARY 4: "DEMETER" -- Ronnie Hess, Alice D'Alessio, Lewis Bosworth, Antonio Re, Robin Chapman, Paul Creswell, Sandy Stark.

 FEBRUARY 11: "MUNGOJERRIE AND RUMPLETEAZER" -- Sara Parrell, Brenda Lempp, Dennis Collier, Daniel Hanson, Nesha Ruther, Roy Dorman, Tim Walsh.

 FEBRUARY 18: "GRIZABELLA" -- Chuck Cantrell, Patricia Freres, Mary Rowin, Joseph Lutz, Jackie Langetieg, Richard Merelman.

 FEBRUARY 25: "MR. MEFISTOFELEES" -- Rosemary Zurlo-Cuva, Marilyn Taylor/Dave Scheler, Dominic Holt, Beth Workmaster, Kimberly Blanchette.

 MARCH 4: "BUSTOPHER JONES" -- Amber Scarborough, Nathan Reid, Gary Powell, Richard Roe, Richard Swanson, The Poetry Professors.

 MARCH 11: "SKIMBLESHANKS" -- Christopher Chambers, Norma Gay Prewett, Ron Czerwien, Fabu, Araceli Esparza, Jo Simons.

March 18 (snow date)

4th Tuesdays, 9:30–11:30 am: Pauquette WordCrafters meets at the Portage Public Library. Writing Prompts given at each meeting.  Bring a poem or two of any style to share, feel free to ask for critiquing. Also journal style writing. Memoirs also being written.

2nd Thursdays, 7–8:30 pm: Madison Poetry Tribe, a writing group, meets at Michelangelo's Coffeehouse on State St. in Madison.

First Fridays, 8 pm: Madtown Poetry Open Mic. Signup 7 pm. Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, 1101 Williamson St., Madison. Questions call 255-4730.
January 5   J. Zachary Rothstein

Second Fridays, 7:30 pm: The Village Booksmith, 526 Oak Street, Baraboo, WI. On the courthouse square across from the cannon.

Fourth Fridays, 7–9:30 pm: The Word Power! Open Mic Slam Series  in the Lussier LOFT at the Goodman Community Center. The event is free.

Third Saturdays, 7 pm: Urban Spoken Word Slam and open mike at Genna’s Lounge at 105 W. Main St. with house band MTrane Plus. 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. Contact David at for more information.