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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.

The conservatory at Olbrich Gardens © Fibitz


October 27, Thursday, 4 pm: Reading and Book Signing with Stephen Burt, Rm 126 Memorial Library (728 State St, Madison) Free and open to the public. Stephen Burt is Professor of English at Harvard University and author of three poetry collections (Belmont, Parallel Play, and Popular Music). He's currently working on a project called Don’t Read Poetry (A Book About How to Read Poems).

October 28 & 29, 8 pm: The Poe Requiem at the Madison Masonic Temple. This world premiere features selected works of Edgar Allan Poe, accompanied with a new score by Clarisse Tobia.  
​His works will be brought to life through music, dance, and art. ​Featuring Raw Inspirations Dance Company under the direction of Jessica Duplessis. Costume contest Saturday October 29.


November 3, 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

November 4, 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.

November 9, Wednesday, 7 pm: Felix Presents EILEEN MYLES,
The Bubbler, Central Library (201 W Mifflin St, Madison) Free and open to the public. Myles is the author of nineteen books and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in non-fiction, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writers’ grant, a Lambda Book Award, the Shelley Prize from The Poetry Society of America.

November 13, 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 for more information.

November 22, 7 pm: Book launch reading for Marilyn Taylor's newly published book, Step on a Crack, at Mystery to Me, 1863 Monroe St, Madison.