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: 

  • Jun 19 -- Mary Strong Jackson
  • Jul 17 -- Cristina Norcross and Lisa Vihos
  • Aug 21 -- Barb Germiat and Peter Sherrill
  • Sep 18 -- Georgia Ressmeyer and Marilyn Windau

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.

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

Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53211
Tel. (414) 332-1181. General inquiries: info@boswellbooks.com

  • May 24, 7pm -- Stephen Anderson, author of In the Garden of Angels and Demons, Milkweed Editions, $17.00, 9781945752636

    Stephen Anderson is an award-winning poet/writer who resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His work has appeared in Southwest Review, Verse  Wisconsin, and Free Verse. He is the author of Montezuma Resurrected and Other Poems and The Silent Tango of Dreams. His most recent chapbook is 2015’s Navigating in the Sun. Many of Anderson’s poems have been featured on Milwaukee Public Radio’s Lake Effect, and several of his poems of included in the collection Portals and Piers. In the summer of 2013, six of his poems formed the text for a chamber music composition entitled The Privileged Secrets of the Arch performed by two members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, in addition to two other musicians and an opera singer. Event contact: Stephen Anderson, stephen.anderson724@gmail.com
  • May 27, 7pm - Aja Monet, author of My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter, Haymarket Books, $16.00, 9781608467679

    Aja  M onet is a Caribbean-American poet, performer, and educator from Brooklyn. She has been awarded the Andrea Klein Willison Prize for Poetry, and the Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title. She is the author of ¬The Black Unicorn Sings and the co-editor, with Saul Williams, of Chorus: A Literary Mixtape. She lives in Little Haiti, Miami, where she is a co-founder of Smoke Signals Studio and dedicates her time merging arts and culture in community organizing with the Dream Defenders and the Community Justice Project. Contact: Jim Plank, jim@haymarketbooks.org, 773-583-7884
  • Jun 13, 7pm - Margaret Rozga, author of Pestiferous Questions: A Life in Poems, Lit Fest Press, $16.95, 9781943170227

    Margaret Rozga is a civil rights activist, poet, playwright, Professor Emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, and the author of Justice Freedom Herbs, Though I Haven’t Been to Baghdad, and 200 Nights and One Day. She served as managing editor of the chapbook anthology Turn Up the Volume: Poems about the States of Wisconsin. Publisher contact: Jane Carman, festivalwriter@gmail.com, 309-368-7408

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.

  • May 25, 7pm, Free - Urban Echo Poets
  • June 1, 7pm, FreeResist Much, Obey, Little book release
  • June 5 - Jess Harrison
  • June 12 - Sarah Moore
  • June 19 - Darlin' Nikki
  • June 26 - John Taylor

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.

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

  • June 14 - Joy Kirsch & Jim Pollock

    Joy Kirsch has been a grateful dweller for 45 years in the woods overlooking the backwaters of the Wisconsin River. She finds great joy in rearranging words for whimsy and warmth. She is a long-time member of the Stevens Point writers group and her poetry has been published locally and in the Wis. Poets' Calendar. Jim Pollock is a retired English teacher with a master’s degree from Marquette University and a lifelong love of words. He is said to have given his first oration at the age of two. He wrote his first poem in fifth grade and with that success discovered reading and writing and listening to poetry is an effective way to ward off the “vapors.” Jim is very active in art and poetry events in this area and has won several awards, both for his poems and his service to the arts. In his spare time he runs.
  • July 12 - Tom Montag
  • August 9 - Open
  • September 13 - Open

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
HOTT Poetry Reading Series, The Reader's Loft, readersloft.com. Third Thursday Most Months, 5:30 pm. Learn more at www.houseofthetomato.com or torigw@twc.com

  • Jul 29 -- Summer Poetry Festival (Saturday, 1-4pm)

POETS: Steve & Jeanie Tomasko, Michael Kriesel, Sylvia Bowersox, Cathryn Cofell, Bruce Dethlefsen & Nathan Reid
More details to follow!

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

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.


Superior, Hayward, Ashland

Farmstead Creamery Cafe, 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 Augustfrom 5 to 8 pm. Featured readers at 7:00 p.m.; open mic at 8:00 p.m.

South Central

Wisconsin Dells, Lake Geneva, Platteville, Madison

Cafe CODA, 113 W. Dayton
$5 cost per person. First Hour; poetry by hosts and guest poet.  Second Hour, open mic sign up. Under 21 must be accompanied by a parent. Contact: www.artistfabu.com

May 28, 3–5 pm - Sunday Speaking; Poetry for the Soul. Performers & Hosts are Poet Fabu & RobDz.

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.

  • May 26 - Cristina Norcross
  • June 9 - Harwood Place Writer's Group

Cargo Coffee, 750 E. Washington Ave, Madison
Cheap at Any Price open mike poetry. Absolutely free.

  • Jun 3, 7:30 pm - Oscar Mireles.

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.

  • Jun 9, 7:30 pm - C. Kubasta.

    Experimenting with hybrid forms, excerpted text, and shifting voices, C. Kubasta is the author of two chapbooks and teaches writing, literature, and cultural studies at Marian University.  She’ll explore growing up in rural Wisconsin and share works from the forthcoming Of Covenants

Mystery to Me Bookstore, 1863 Monroe Street, Madison

  • Jun 8, 7 pm - Shoshauna Shy & Alice D'Alessio

    Shoshauna Shy launches her new chapbook The Splash of Easy Laughter. Thirty poems about childhood and navigating parenthood as a marriage partner were published by Aldrich Press, an imprint of Kelsay Books. 
  • June 16, 7 pm - Jeanie Tomasko & Steve Tomasko

    Jeanie will read from her new chapbook The Collect of the Day (Bent Paddle Press) and perhaps from her two forthcoming books Small Towns Along the Coast (Dancing Girl Press) and Dear Little Fist (Red Bird Press). Steve Tomasko will read from his not-so-new chapbook and no spiders were harmed, and whatever else he can conjure.  There will be wine and treats. There will be conversation. There will be books (please support your locally-owned, independent bookstore!) 

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

  • Jun 6, 7pm - Hand-to-Hand Haiku Match

    Rojonekku Hand-to-Hand Haiku tournaments were developed by Raven Mack and his students in Southern Virginia. Attendees will get a chance to write their own haiku at the beginning and then choose to participate in a battle royal at the end of the tournament. Three rounds, three judges, eight participants. It’s on! 
  • Jun 17, 8:00pm - Watershed Reading | Pride Reading

    Join us as the Watershed Reading Series at ALL celebrates Pride Month with a reading from Joey Belonger, Bridget Birdsall, Lissa McLaughlin, Ali Muldrow, Alaura Seidl, Abigail Swetz, and Tobias Wray, seven poets who examine not only what it means to be LGBTQ in Wisconsin today, but also what it means to be human. 

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