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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.

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March

2015 Wisconsin Festival of Poetry Series: “A FLOWERING OF POETRY”
The Fountain BAR & RESTAURANT, 122 State St Madison, WI.
All readings start at 2:00 p.m. Admission is FREE
For more information, call 608-242-7340 or e-mail jrob52162@aol.com.
March 8: Rolling In Clover
Jeri McCormick, Dominic Holt, Morgan Harlow, Lewis Bosworth, Cristina Norcross, Patricia Jameson.
March 15: Up Spring The Lilacs
Eileen Rosensteel, Ron Czerwien, CX Dillhunt, Jody Curley, Lisa Marie Brodsky, Bobbie Krinsky.
March 22: Going Bananas With Poppy
Marilyn Taylor, Dave Scheler, Mary Rowin, F.J. Bergmann, Judith Zukerman, John Lehman, Jay-Z-Roh.

March 5, 7–9 pm: First Thursday 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, March 6 · 6–9 pm: MMoCA Nights event. Beginning at 6:30 pm, Melanie Herzog will explore art that emerges from interactions among socially engaged artists and broader communities, resulting in communal expressions of peoples’ experiences, hopes, and individual stories. Then at 7:30 pm the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets will read original poems inspired by Eric and Heather ChanSchatz: 22nd Century. Enjoy live music from The Tony Castaneda Latin Jazz Band, hors d'oeuvres from Fresco, and a cash bar. MMoCA Nights admission $10/Members free.

Friday, March 6, 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. February featured readers are Jeanie & Steve Tomasko. 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.

Saturday, March 14, 10 am-3 pm: POETS LAUREATE WORKSHOP. Engage in a day of poetry writing at the Mount Horeb Public Library. The library's FREE Building Better Poems workshop, taught by former Wisconsin Poets Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen and Marilyn Taylor, includes writing exercises, discussions and an open mic time. With classes focusing on word choices, the contents of good poetry and more, the day will challenge participants to expand their writing skills. Registration is required. Participants need to bring their own lunch. The library will provide a light dessert. Participants should also bring one or two of their own poems to share during the open mic time. For more information visit www.mhpl.org or email melissa.roelli@mounthorebwi.info. Call 608-437-5021 to register.

Thursday March 19, 7-8.30 pm: Catherine Jagoe will read from her new poetry chapbook, News from the North, along with wonderful poet Tim Walsh, who also has a new collection. We'll be providing snacks and wine. Come help us celebrate. We'd love to see you there. Mystery to Me Bookstore, 1863 Monroe St. mysterytomebooks.com/events

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

March 21, 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

April

April 2, 7–9 pm: First Thursday 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, April 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. February featured readers are Jeanie & Steve Tomasko. 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.

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

April 17, 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