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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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FEBRUARY 7: "A Time For Dragons (Draco)" : Guy Thorvaldsen, Cristina Norcross,
Gordon Glass, Christopher Chambers, Kimberly Blanchette, Patricia Freres

FEBRUARY 14: "Love In The Pleiades" : "Andrea Potos, Sara Parrell, John Lehman,
Richard Swanson, Jackie Martindale, Dave Benson.

FEBRUARY 21: "Queen Cassiopeia" : David Scheler, Marilyn Taylor, Richard Merelman,
Lewis Bosworth, Rita Mae Reese, Angela Voras-Hills.

FEBRUARY 28: "The Arrow In Sagittarius" : Richard Roe, Mary Rowin, Jeffrey Z. Rothstein,
Donna Carnes, Carney Lentz, Gary Powell.

MARCH 6: "Exit The Swan (Cygnus)" : Linda Voit, Brenda Lempp, Chuck Cantrell,
F. J. Bergmann, Jody Curley, Ronnie Hess.


February 4, First 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

February 5, Friday, 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.

February 11, Thursday, 7 pm: Timothy Yu Reads 100 Chinese Silences, Room 207 at the Pyle Center at 702 Langdon St, UW-Madison Campus. Presented by Felix Series of New Writing. Yu's new book of poems writes back to an orientalist tradition that has defined modern American poetry, rewriting poets from Ezra Pound and Marianne Moore to Gary Snyder and Billy Collins with wicked humor and a sharp critical eye. Free and open to the public. For more information, see

February 13, Saturday, 1 pm: The Love Released! Book Launch: Authors Catrina J. Sparkman, Fabu, and Sherry Lucille, new works of poetry and fiction. Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St, Room 302. Food, fun, music!

February 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 for more information.