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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.
For more information, call 608-242-7340 or e-mail jrob52162@aol.com.
March 22, 1 pm: Going Bananas With Poppy
Marilyn Taylor, Dave Scheler, Mary Rowin, Richard Roe, Judith Zukerman, John Lehman, Jay-Z-Roh—and more!

Monday March 16, 7 pm: LIGHTNING-ROUND POETRY
Join us tonight in room L140 of the Conrad A. Elvehjem Building (on East Campus Mall, across from the Chazen, downstairs), for our annual lightning-round reading featuring the graduating poetry MFAs in creative writing! UW’s creative writing MFA program consistently ranks among the top five in the nation, and our six graduates are some of the best of the best beginning poets in the United States. Come hear them read before they get famous! You can help spread the word by sharing the facebook event and RSVPing if you think you’ll probably make it.
KASEY ERIN PHIFER-BYRNE was born and raised in southeastern Pennsylvania. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in West Branch, The Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and other publications, including The Early Years, an Iris N. Spencer Awards anthology from Story Line Press at WCU. She is currently the poetry editor of Devil’s Lake and was the 2014 recipient of the David and Jean Milofsky Prize in Creative Writing from UW.
NICK GETTINO claims to be “a full-time baller who has written some poems,” a few of which have appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, which featured him as one of its “Philadelphia Poets Under Thirty.” He is at work on a translation of Euripides’ Medea. In 2014, he was the recipient of the Jerome Stern Teaching Award.
JAYA STENQUIST is the Program in Creative Writing’s 2013–2015 Martha Meier Renk Fellow. She is a winner of the 2014 AWP Intro Journals Awards, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in West Branch and Iron Horse Literary Review. She grew up in Minneapolis, and attended NYU & Wellesley before coming to the MFA program at UW-Madison. She is interested in history and horticulture and writes obliquely about both.
DERICK MATTERN’s work has appeared in Guernica, Crab Orchard Review, Kyoto Review, and Modern Poetry in Translation. He is the fiction editor for Devil’s Lake.
CAITLIN QUINN was born in Missouri and received her BA in English from Webster University in St. Louis. She was recently a finalist for the New Letters Prize for Poetry.
MIKEY SWANBERG is the Poetry Editor of Rabbit Catastrophe Review and the author of Zen and the Art of Bicycle Delivery. He is a recipient of the Jane Gentry Vance Award in Poetry. You can find him on Twitter @mikeyswanberg.

Thursday March 19, 3–4:30 pm: “Not Your Grandmother’s Haiku! 21st Century English-Language Haiku” Talk by Lee Gurga, editor of Modern Haiku Press & past-president of the Haiku Society of America. Haiku is the world’s most popular form of poetry, accessible to beginners yet maddeningly difficult for accomplished poets to master. Come on a tour of Haikuland and find out why. While you are there, you will discover that the speed limit is hardly ever 5-7-5! Lee Gurga is a past-president of the Haiku Society of America and former editor of the journal Modern Haiku. Van Hise Hall, Room 383, 1220 Linden Drive, University of Wisconsin, Madison WI 53706. map.wisc.edu/s/2x7tyopn

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. April featured reader is Laurel Bastian. 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.

APRIL 13, 7PM, MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY (DOWNTOWN) RM 301 — Poets Joan Murray (author of Swimming for the Ark) and Cynthia Marie Hoffman (author of Paper Doll Fetus).

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

APRIL 21, 7:00PM, MADISON PUBLIC LIBRARY (DOWNTOWN), 3RD FLOOR — Judith Claire Mitchell, author of A Reunion of Ghosts, and Amy Quan Barry, author of She Weeps Each Time You’re Born.

APRIL 23, 7:00PM, HELEN C WHITE RM 6191 (600 N PARK) — The Program in Creative Writing and University of Wisconsin Press present 2015 Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizewinners Matthew Siegel & Christina Stoddard.

APRIL 30, TIME AND PLACE TBA — The Felix Series of New Writing presents poet Nathaniel Mackey.