Central-Fox Valley Region

Appleton, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac

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The Draw, Feather & Bone Art Gallery, 800 S. Lawe Street, Appleton
Third Mondays | 7:00 - 8:30pm | Poetry Readings. Open mike follows featured readers. Wine, water and root beer available. BYOB for any other beverages or munchies. NOTE:  There is limited parking in front of the Draw; we’d appreciate you leaving this for those who will have difficulty with the longer walk from the larger parking lot which is on E. Newberry, on the south side of the building, across the bridge/lock. Lowe St. bridge is open again. Open mike follows featured readers. For more information, contact Sarah Gilbert at pses@sbcglobal.net

  • Apr 16 - Andrea Potos and Katrin Talbot

    Australian-born Katrin Talbot’s collection The Little Red Poem was recently released from dancing girl press. She has three other chapbooks, including noun’d, verb, from dancing girl press, Freeze-Dried Love from Finishing Line Press, and St. Cecilia’s Daze, published by Parallel Press. She has recently been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in Poetry and once received enough prize money from a national poetry contest to fund a Dairy Queen run. 

    Andrea Potos is the author of seven poetry collections, most recently Arrows of Light from Iris Press.  A new full-length collection A Stone to Carry Home is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry this spring.  She received the 2016 William Stafford Award in Poetry from Rosebud Magazine.  She lives in Madison.

  • May 21 - Judy Kolosso and Andrew McSorley

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 Frankiblackboard was green.

  • April 24 - Sylvia Cavanaugh and Ed Werstein

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 starting at 6pm will be available. Featured artists at 7pm. www.thelmaarts.org. Tel. 920.921.5410.

  • Apr 5 -- Student Invitational
    Celebrate National Poetry Month with student readers from Lakeland College, Marian University, and Ripon College. Open Mic. Details coming soon.


Sheboygan, Milwaukee, Racine

Two Locations, The Bach Chamber Choir, music director Brian McLinden, presents AMERICAN POETS

The month of April ’18 has been designated as National Poetry Month. In celebration, the Bach Chamber Choir is presenting a concert of musical arrangements of a selection of American poems. Ranging over two hundred years, the featured poets include well-known giants like E. E. Cummings, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Frost, H. W. Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, and Walt Whitman, as well as contemporary writers Dana Gioia, Edna St. Vincent Millay, William Straub, Sara Teasdale, and Gwyneth Walker. Composers are Eric Barnum, David Dickau, Michael Eglin, Dan Forrest, Connor Koppin, Morten Lauridsen, Aaron McDermid, Henry Mollicone, Z. Randall Stroope, Randall Thompson, Gwyneth Walker, and Dale Warland. The poems include such classics as E. A. Poe’s “A dream within a dream”, E. E. Cummings’ “I thank you God”, H.W. Longfellow’s “The arrow and the song”, D. Gioia’s “Prayer”, and Robert Frost’s “The road not taken”. At Half Price Books in Brookfield and in Greenfield, you can drop your name and address in a “fishbowl” for the drawing of two free tickets to one of the two performances. Drawings will take place on three Wednesdays: March 14, March 28, and April4. Here are the addresses of the HPB stores -- Brookfield: 17145 W. Bluemound. Greenfield: 5032 S. 74th Street. www.bachchoirmilwaukee.com

There will be two performances, both Sunday afternoons:

  • Apr 15, Sunday, 3:00pm - Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church, 1529 N. Wauwatosa Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI 53213
  • Apr 22, Sunday, 3:00pm - St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 7845 N. River Road, River Hills, WI 53217

Tickets: $17 advance | $18 at the door | $10 for students | $1 discount for seniors (cash or check only please)
For tickets and more information, call (414) 319-9836.

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. All events free or nominal admission.

  • Apr 11, Wednesday, 7:00PM, $6 Members/$7 Student/Senior/$8 General - Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso and Margaret Noodin
  • April 14, Saturdy, 8:00PM, Pay what you can - Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Lo Kwa Mei-en reading from Two Tales
  • Apr 17, Tuesday, 4:00PM, Free and open to the public - Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison at the Brown Deer Public Library

Carthage College, Campbell Student Union Auditorium (south end of campus), 2001 Alford Park Drive, Racine
Carthage College will host a poetry reading and community forum with award-winning South African performance poet and playwright Koleka Putuma. Called the country’s “groundbreaking new voice,” Putuma describes life as a black woman in South Africa while confronting themes such as domestic violence, race, LGBTQ issues, and social class. Her debut collection, Collective Amnesia, earned recognition from CityPress as the best poetry book of 2017 and has been prescribed for study at South African universities. Free and open to the public.

  • Apr 12, Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30pm - Koleka Patuma
Her incendiary poems demand justice, insist on visibility, and offer healing.
— African Books Collective

Ellipse Meeting Room, East library, 2320 N. Cramer St. Milwaukee, WI 53211
Calling all local poets!  April is National Poetry Month and we have you covered at the East Library! Local poet Kavon Cortez Jones (KJ) will host an open mic / spoken word event. Teens to adults welcome. Light refreshments served.

  • Apr 14, Saturday, 1pm-4pm - Milwaukee Day Open Mic/Spoken Word Event

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.

  • Apr 9  - Mario the Poet
  • Apr 16 - Anthony Makovec
  • Apr 23 - Jess Harrison and Brian Quinn
  • Apr 30  - Louisa Loveridge Gallas and Bill Murtaugh

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: 

Racine Arts Council, 409 Sixth Street, Racine. (262) 635-0261.
Grassroots Open Mic 2nd & 4th Wednesdays.


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

  • Apr 11 - Jane Osypowski
    Poet Jane Osypowski loves to promote National Poetry Month and is excited to be the April featured reader for the Original Voice program at the Coloma Hotel. The event begins at 7 pm. As always, open mic will follow Jane’s presentation. In April Jane is also going to read, discuss poetry, and sponsor an ekphrastic poetry contest for Stevens Point’s Pacelli High School students. She and her husband recently settled in Plover to be closer to their son and his family. Her poems have been widely published in such publications as the Wisconsin Poets Calendar, Free Verse, The Contributor,  Pyrite, The Wisconsin Regional Writer, Creative Wisconsin, Blue Heron,  Peninsula Pulse,  The Writer’s Round Table, The Anthology, and many others. Jane is currently a member of Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, Wisconsin Writers Association, and Riverwood Round Table. 
  • May 9 - Richard Merelman
  • Jun 13 - Tom Boswell

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.

  • Apr 26 - Linda Ashenbrenner
    Aschbrenner created, edited, and published for eleven years, the poetry journal Free Verse. She founded Marsh River Editions, a publisher of 17 chapbooks for fellow poets. Her own poetry, essays, book reviews, and short stories have appeared in a number of journals, children's magazines, and anthologies. She was awarded the Christopher Latham Sholes Award from the Council for Wisconsin Writers for her support of writers,  and a Lifetime Membership Award from the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets for advancing poetry within the state. Originally from Rothschild, she is now a member of the Marshfield Cabin Fever poetry group

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

  • Apr 19 - Dustin Luke Nelson & Ashleigh Lambert
  • May 24 - Al DeGenova & Barb Germiat
  • Jul 28, Saturday 2-4pm - Poetry Music Festival
 House of the Tomato (HOTT) Poetry Reading Series WISCONSIN FELLOWSHIP OF POETS / NORTHEAST  www.houseofthetomato.com

House of the Tomato (HOTT)
Poetry Reading Series

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.

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/category/dickinson-poetry-series

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


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. 

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.

Mystery to Me Book Store, Monroe Street, Madison

  • Apr 10, 6 pm - Two Countries anthology reading: poems by children of immigrants, including F.J. Bergmann & others
  • Apr 19, 7 pm - Marilyn Annucci,reading from her new book The Arrows That Choose Us

Whitewater Cultural Arts Center, Whitewater

  • Apr 11 - Featuring Marilyn Annucci and Nick Gulig reading from their new books.

Paul's Pel'Meni, 414 W Gilman Street, Madison
The MadTown Poetry Open Mic.

  • Apr 22 - Featuring Derrick Austin

Suzy's Steakhouse, 2701 County CX, Portage
(northside of Portage, accessible off I39/Hwy 51 N and Hwy 16)
1st Tuesdays, 6 pm: A new monthly Poetry Reading with a Featured Poet, a Featured Reader and OPEN MIC debuts on  Tuesday, April 3, 6–8 pm http://suzysportage.com. Suzy's starts serving at 4 pm, so feel free to come early, eat, socialize or stay afterwards to mix and mingle.
Please help us raise awareness of the benefits of Poetry to the community in regards to education, culture and business. Bruce Dethlefsen will be the first Featured Poet.  Michael Belongie will speak about the WFOP mission, Poetry in Education and share a reading or two to end the evening. In between Bruce and Mike we'll have OPEN MIC time! Bring a friend with you!

  • Apr 3 (6-8pm) - Bruce Dethlefsen

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. 

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

  • May 19 - "Five Poets from Bull City Press," featuring Tiana Clark, Anders Carlson-Wee, Ross White, Tommye Blount & Leila Chatti

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