Central-Fox Valley Region

Appleton, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac

The Draw, Feather & Bone Art Gallery, 800 S. Lawe Street, Appleton
Third Mondays | Poetry Readings. We’re thrilled to partner with The Feather & Bone Art Gallery inside The Draw – Appleton’s new Community Arts Space at 800 S. Lawe Street. We’re still near the heart of the city but now down in the flats, south on College Avenue (near Lawrence University). 

We’re cooking up a great line-up of readers for the remainder of 2017, including: 

  • Aug 21 -- Barb Germiat and Peter Sherrill

    Barbara Germiat spent her childhood on a dairy farm in southeastern Wisconsin, with a mother, father, much older brother and lots of cows, pigs, chickens, dogs and cats, but no daily playmates. She learned to amuse herself. Reading a lot was part of her amusement. Jo March, the “scribbler” of Little Women, fascinated her. She has written for newspapers, UW-Fox Valley Public Information, and poetry. A long-time member of Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, she’s been published often in their Poets’ Calendar and other regional magazines. Recently released, Look, the Silence is her first chapbook.

    Peter Sherrill’s poetry has appeared in a variety of state and national publications. He’s won a couple of contests. He never quit the day job to devote himself entirely to writing – and both he and the world are all the better for that decision. He enjoys making all kinds of things, including poetry.

  • Sep 18 -- Georgia Ressmeyer and Marilyn Windau
  • Oct 16   Mary Strong Jackson and Annette Grunseth
  • Nov 20  Bobbie Lovell and Laura Winkelspecht
  • Dec 4     2018 WFOP Poets’ Calendar Reading

For more information on the Appleton WFOP Poetry Series, contact Sarah Gilbert at pses@sbcglobal.net.  And stay tuned for additional reminders of other great happenings in Northeast Wisconsin.

Oshkosh Caramel Crisp & Cafe, Oshkosh
4th Tuesdays, 6:15 pm at the Oshkosh Caramel Crisp and Café. Featured reader; open mic will follow. Room is toward the back of the café. Come early and treat yourself to coffee or goodies to enjoy during the reading which begins promptly at 6:15; Caramel Crisp closes at 7:30. For further information contact Kay Sanders at rksanders42@gmail.com or Mandi Isaacson at mandiisaacson@gmail.com

  • Aug 22 - Wendy Diehlman

    Wendy Diehlmann has taken the long road with her writing.  She raised two daughters and cherishes those years, which also included involvement in community theatre, writing and music.  During and following those years she worked in a variety of settings ranging from legal secretary in the county circuit court system and private law offices, a couple stints as church secretary, to working as a caregiver and serving as director for an assisted living facility.  She returned to undergraduate studies after her daughters were grown and completed her Bachelor of Arts at UW-Green Bay.  All this has made life thus far a rich and full experience, despite living it check-to-check, rich in the depths and heights and the sharing of the human condition. She lives in Oconto township, in a little piece of heaven on the bay. She appeared on and read her poetry on Higher Ground with Jonathon Overby in 2005 and was a recent featured reader at the Reader’s Loft Bookstore in Green Bay.  Having landed, in late 2016, in a very good job at a very good law firm, she works just one job and has time now for the writing. 

For further information you may contact Kay Sanders at rksanders42@gmail.com or Mandi Isaacson at mandiisaacson@gmail.com.

THELMA, Fond du Lac
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) hosts poetry events. FREE event begins with reading in THELMA’s Café 1906 at 51 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac. Then an open mic will follow for any others who would like to read. Cash bar will be available. www.thelmaarts.org. Tel. 920.921.5410.


Sheboygan, Milwaukee, Racine

Books and Company, 1039 Summit Ave, Oconomowoc
100 Thousand Poets for Change Open Mic Reading at Poetry open mic, with guest musical performances, door prizes, and a chance to come together, in unity, to support our earth through the arts. Bring 1-2 poems about world peace, social justice, environmental preservation, and healing. All are welcome! Come join us to celebrate 100 Thousand Poets for Change! Visit our Facebook event page to tell us that you’re coming, or you can e-mail Cristina Norcross directly (Bookndz@yahoo.com). https://www.facebook.com/events/161249317748585/?hc_location=ufi
Visit the official site for 100 Thousand Poets for Change to learn more about the movement! http://www.100tpc.org/

  • Sep 30 (7pm) - time subject to change

BONK! 107 Eco Justice Center, 7133 Michna Road, Racine
More at: bonkperformanceseries.wordpress.com

  • Aug 12 (6pm) - doors open 5:30 pm

Café de Arts, 830 W. St. Paul Ave, Waukesha
Doors open at 6:00pm. Event starts at 7:00pm. Open to the public. FREE. Full café menu available so come for dinner and meet our writers! No registration necessary.

  • Aug 18 - Tom Montag, special guest reader. 

Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53211
Tel. (414) 332-1181. General inquiries: info@boswellbooks.com
For more of Boswell upcoming events, please visit www.boswellbooks.com/upcoming-events for the latest info.

Woodland Pattern Bookcenter, 720 E Locust St in Riverwest, Milwaukee
Tel. (414) 263-5001. For more information about their events, contact Michael Wendt, michaelw@woodlandpattern.org
If you love poetry, you’re probably already paying attention to Woodland Pattern’s upcoming events page. If you don’t already have the site bookmarked, it’s www.woodlandpattern.org/events/. Among their other great upcoming programs, make note of a special reading with Mark Doty at the Park East Hotel, 916 State Street, Milwaukee. General admission tickets are $10; $5 for students.

Linneman's, 1001 E. Locust Street, Milwaukee
Poets Monday at Linneman’s, 1001 E. Locust St., Milwaukee, continues its uninterrupted run of excellent featured readers and open mike opportunities every Monday. Doors open at 7:30. Open mike at 8 pm. Featured reader at 9 pm. $3 cover charge. Upcoming featured readers.

  • Aug 14 - Jayme Miriam Cross
  • Aug 21 - Kristin Peterson
  • Aug 28 - Anja Notanja Sieger

Miramar Theater, 2844 N. Oakland Ave., Milwaukee
Every Tuesday there is an acoustic open mike. All ages are welcome. Performers can do poetry, comedy, music or even magic. $2 cover. The performer  gets an audio CD of his or her performance. Sign-up starts at 7:30pm. 14 performers per night. Show starts at 8:00pm. 

Urban Ecology Center, UWM, Milwaukee
Fourth Thursdays, 5:30 - 9pm, Grassroots Open Mike. Lyrical Sanctuary is UWM’s monthly open mic night, featuring standout spoken word artists, live music and art, and YOU! For the past 14 years, Lyrical Sanctuary has brought students and community members together to share their passion for poetry, music, art, and creative self-expression. Prior to each performance, the featured artist leads a creative writing workshop open to anyone willing to put their pen to the page. Find dates and info here: http://uwm.edu/studentinvolvement/more/sociocultural/lyrical/

Lyrical Sanctuary, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee
Lyrical Sanctuary is UWM’s monthly open mic night, featuring standout spoken word artists, live music and art, and YOU! For the past 14 years, Lyrical Sanctuary has brought students and community members together to share their passion for poetry, music, art, and creative self-expression. Prior to each performance, the featured artist leads a creative writing workshop open to anyone willing to put their pen to the page. Find dates and info here: http://uwm.edu/studentinvolvement/more/sociocultural/lyrical/


Wisconsin Rapids, Wausau, Stevens Point

Coloma Hotel, Coloma
Second Wednesdays, 7 pm: Original Voice, a free event held at the Coloma Hotel, 132 Main St.  The evening starts with a featured guest artist who shares ideas and inspirations and presents a half hour or so of his/her own work. This is an opportunity for creative people to introduce poems, books, chapbooks, or CDs or to try out some new work on an audience. Following the featured guest, the microphone is available to anyone who wants to take part. Both unseasoned and experienced performers are urged to make brief presentations––two or three of their own poems or songs, a short essay, or a couple of pages of prose. Original Voice takes a break in December and January. For more information or to sign up to read in 2016, contact Barb Cranford at (608) 564-7701 or Julie Eger at (920) 787-7663.

  • Aug 9 - Lincoln Hartford
  • Sep 13 - F J Bergmann
  • Oct 11 - Greg Galbraith

Unitarian Universalist Church, 504 Grant Street, Downtown Wausau
Open Mic. Enter the church through the side door next to the parking lot and take the stairs or the elevator to the second floor meeting room.  An open mic will follow readings.  Bring your favorite poems and join in the fun of reading poetry.  For additional information contact:  Elmae Passineau at 715-845-2061 or Kathy Serley at kserley@dwave.net.

Marathon County Public Library, 300 North First St., Wausau
econd Thursdays, 6–8 pm: Poetry open mic. The first hour will offer open mic to all poets and the second hour will feature guest poets. The event is free, and no prior registration is required. For additional information call 715-261-7230.


Rhinelander, Eagle River, Green Bay

The Reader's Loft, 2069 Central Ct, Suite 44, Green Bay, WI 54311, (920) 406-0200
House of the Tomato (HOTT) Poetry Reading Series, The Reader's Loft, readersloft.com. Third or fourth Thursdays Most Months, 5:30 pm.
The region has created dedicated website for the series. Learn more at www.houseofthetomato.com or torigw@twc.com


HOTT Poetry Reading Series


  • Sep 14 -- James Botsford & Gregory Galbraith
  • Oct 19 -- Christine Swanberg & Cristina Norcross
  • Nov 16 -- Mark Falcone & Nathan Reid


  • Sep 28 (5:30pm) -- Annette Grunseth, reading from her new chapbook Becoming Trans-Parent, One Family's Journey of Gender Transition (Finishing Line Press, 2017)


  • Sep 7 - Oct 5, the Lawton Gallery at UW-Green Bay will house Please Check a Box.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, Ephraim
2nd Wednesdays, 7 pm: The Dickinson Poetry Series features a reading by a local or regional poet followed by an open mic and reception. The public is welcome, and admission is free. UUF, 10341 Highway 42 in Ephraim.  For more information visit uufdc.org or call 920-854-7559.

Write On Door County, Sturgeon Bay
Check website for more events and workshops.

  • Aug 22 - Moveable Mic: Open Mic Reading Series (5 - 6:30pm)
  • Aug 30, 31 & Sep 4 - Poetry Meets Music with Midsummer's Music (7 - 9pm)

Washington Island Literary Festival
More info at: www.washingtonislandliteraryfestival.com

  • Sep 22-24


Superior, Hayward, Ashland

WOJB Radio, 88.9 FM
Poet and short story writer William Tecku, a 2017 Lake Superior Writers Contest winner and Great Lakes Calendar poet, will read from his chapbooks on Eric Schubring’s “Local Morning Edition” program at 8:30 A.M., Monday, August 21st on WOJB 88.9 FM. To listen online visit https://tunein.com/radio/WOJB-889-s21700/

Farmstead Creamery Cafe, 11077 Fullington Road, Hayward
Farmstead Creamery Cafe Presents Pizza Farm Thursdays Spoken Word Arts and Open Mic with Stone Oven Pizzas
11077 Fullington Rd, Hayward, WI 54843. Tel: (715) 462-3453. Check northstarhomestead.com for map and more information.
Thursdays in July and August from 5 to 8 pm. Featured readers at 7:00 p.m.; open mic at 8:00 p.m.

  • Aug 10 - Tracy Chipman     
  • Aug 17 - Julie Gard & Michelle Matthees
  • Aug 24 - F.J. Bergmann & William Tecku
  • Aug 31 - Jan Minich & Nancy Takacs

Bayfield Library, Bayfield
Visit of Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston to Bayfield area. Events include reception, poetry reading, poetry workshop. Details including poetry-sponsored art submission guidelines: bayfieldlibrary.org

  • Sep 29 & 30 - Karla Huston, Wisconsin Poet Laureate

    Poetry Inspired Art: Visit bayfieldlibrary.org for details on a poetry inspired by art exhibit that will be open to the public September 16-29, 11-4, Tuesday through Saturday.  There is currently a call for artwork for this exhibit. There will be a reception and a reading by current poet laureate Karla Huston from  6-9pm, September 29th, at the Bayfield Library, and a workshop by Karla at the same location at 10am, September 30.

South Central

Wisconsin Dells, Lake Geneva, Platteville, Madison

WMMU Radio, 102.9 FM
Broadcast schedule for the A Space For Poetry radio show hosted by James P. Roberts, on WMUU 102.9 FM.  All shows begin at 8:00 a.m.

Village Book Smith, On the Square, Baraboo, WI 53913
608-355-1001; www.villagebooksmith.com
South-central Wisconsin's premier shop for used, collectible, and rare books presents Second Friday Poetry!  Enjoy a scrumptious cookie and warm beverage while listening to some of the state's finest poets share their work.  Open stage follows, where anyone can share one or two of their favorites. We're going to take August off so we can celebrate the eclipse!

Madison Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin, Madison
First Thursdays 7 pm: Bubbler Poetry Open Mike. Poetry mini-workshop at 6:30pm.

Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, Madison
First Fridays, 8 pm: Madtown Poetry Open Mic. MC Ron Czerwien; signup 7 pm. Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, 1101 Williamson St., Madison. Questions call 255-4730.

Goodman Community Center, Madison
Fourth Fridays, 7–9:30 pm: The Word Power! Open Mic Slam Series will now happen every fourth Friday of the month in the Lussier LOFT here at the Goodman Community Center. The event is free.

Genna's Lounge, Madison
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 urbanspokenword@gmail.com for more information. 

Arts + Literature Laboratory, 2021 Winnebago St, Madison

  • Aug 19 - New Poetry from the Midwest 2017 Reading (8pm)

    The Midwest is home to some of the finest poets in America, and New Poetry from the Midwest gives readers a chance to sample that work each year. This reading will launch the 2017 edition of the anthology and feature several of the poets included in the anthology. Whether you want to discover new poets or hear new work by some of your favorites, there's something here for everyone. David Bowen of New American Press will introduce readers and lead a Q&A after the reading. http://artlitlab.org/events/new-poetry-from-the-midwest-2017

West Central

Prairie du Chien, La Crosse, Eau Claire

L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire
2nd Tuesdays 7–8:15 pm: Writers Read at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, 400 Eau Claire St, Eau Claire
(715) 839-1648