Central-Fox Valley Region
Appleton, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Feb 19 - 2ND ANNUAL POETRY RECITATION EVENT
- Mar 19 - Michael Koehler and Richard Merelman
- Apr 16 - Andrea Potos and Katrin Talbot
- 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 email@example.com or Frankiblackboard was green.
- Feb 27 -- C. Kubasta
C. Kubasta will read from her new poetry book Of Covenants. She writes poetry, prose & hybrid forms. Her favorite rejection (so far) noted that one editor loved her work, and the other hated it. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks: A Lovely Box, which won the 2014 Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Chapbook Prize, and &s; and the full-length collections, All Beautiful & Useless (BlazeVOX) and Of Covenants (Whitepoint Press), and the novella Girling (Brain Mill Press). She currently teaches English and Gender Studies at Marian University, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where she is active with the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, and works with Brain Mill Press. Find her at ckubasta.com. Follow her @CKubastathePoet.
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.
- Feb 22 -- Midwestern Voices, Bonnie Jo Campbell with C. Kubasta
Full details at https://www.thelmaarts.org/event/bonnie-jo-campbell-with-c-kubasta/
Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of the novels Once Upon a River, a National Bestseller, and Q Road. Her critically-acclaimed short fiction collections include American Salvage, which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critic’s Circle Award; Women and Other Animals, which won the AWP prize for short fiction; and Mothers, Tell Your Daughters (Autumn 2015). Her story “The Smallest Man in the World” was awarded a Pushcart Prize and her story “The Inventor, 1972” was awarded the 2009 Eudora Welty Prize from Southern Review. She was a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow.
C. Kubasta will read from her new novella, Girling, a winner of the Driftless Novella prize from Brain Mill Press, which has been described as “a transcendent novella seated in the body that documents and celebrates sexuality, change, and the vital role of female friendship.” Kubasta teaches at Marian University, and writes poetry and fiction.
This reading is supported by Marian University, the Fond du Lac Public Library, Brain Mill Press, the Council of Wisconsin Writers, the Wisconsin Writers Association, and Wisconsin Humanities Council.
- 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
Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53211
Tel. (414) 332-1181. General inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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.
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
- Feb 14 - Julie Eger
After a two-month winter vacation, the Original Voice, a free event held at the Coloma Hotel, 132 Main Street, Coloma on the second Wednesday of most months will be back on February 14. In honor of Valentine's Day this forum for creative people of all talents will offer the mic to anyone who wants to join in an informal celebration of Love.
Master of Ceremonies Julie Eger, author of EENY MEENY CRIMINY CROW (and other books you can easily download from Amazon), will open the program with a few or her own love poems. Then the mike will be open to anyone to read a couple more. The poems you read need not be your own--bring two or three favorite poems by someone else if you wish. Just come and share poems you love about love in today's chaotic world. As always the program will begin at 7 p.m
- Mar 14 - Troy Schoultz
- April 11 - Jane Osypowski
- May 9 - Richard Merelman
- Jun 13-Nov 14 *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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- Feb 22 - Emilie Lindeman & Laurie MacDiarmid | DREAMING A RAINBOW
- Mar 22 - Mark Falcone & TBA | CHILDHOOD & OTHER TALES
- Apr 19 - Dustin Luke Nelson & Ashleigh Lambert
- May 24 - Al DeGenova & Barb Germiat
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.
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.
Madison Public Library, "Madison Room," 201 W Mifflin, Madison
- Feb 1 - Ada Limon
The UW Program in Creative Writing and the FELIX series of new writing present poet and National Book Award Finalist Ada Limón.
“Everyday Gay Holiday" Studio, 2088 Atwood Ave, Madison
- Feb 3 (7:00pm) - Gabrielle Calvocoresi
The UW Program in Creative Writing, UW Libraries, and the LGBT Campus Center present poet Gabrielle Calvocoresi, who will read from their new book, Rocket Fantastic (Persea Books, 2017).
Room of One's Own, 315 W. Gorham St, Madison
- Feb 5 (6:00pm) - Poet Andrea Gibson, author of Take Me With You
Mystery to Me bookstore, Monroe St, Madison
- Feb 27 (6:00pm) - F.J. Bergmann, Willa Schmidt & Angela Sorby
Two Countries anthology (Red Hen Press, 2017) poems and flash fiction from children of immigrants.
Hidden Voices: African American Writers in Wisconsin is a literary presentation that looks at Jean Toomer, Lorraine Hansberrry and Sarah Webster Fabio all African American literary giants who lived and worked in Madison, Wisconsin, along with contemporary African American writers Poet Fabu, Catrina Sparkman and Sherry Lucille.
- Lakeview Library, 1 pm on January 20, 2018
- Alicia Ashman Library, 6:30 pm on February 2, 2018
- Waunakee Public Library, 2 pm on February 3, 2018
- DeForest Public Library, 10 am on February 10, 2018
- Pinney Library, 2 pm on February 24, 2018
- Middleton Public Library, 6:30 pm on February 27, 2018
Art-In, 1444 E. Washington Ave, Madison (now with 2 brewpubs!).
All readings begin at 2 pm. Winter Festival of Poetry "Poeti-cats" reading dates.
- Feb 4 - "DEMETER" -- Ronnie Hess, Alice D'Alessio, Lewis Bosworth, Antonio Re, Robin Chapman, Paul Creswell, Sandy Stark.
- Feb 11 - "MUNGOJERRIE AND RUMPLETEAZER" -- Sara Parrell, Brenda Lempp, Dennis Collier, Daniel Hanson, Nesha Ruther, Roy Dorman, Tim Walsh
- Feb 18 - "GRIZABELLA" -- Chuck Cantrell, Patricia Freres, Mary Rowin, Joseph Lutz, Jackie Langetieg, Richard Merelman.
- Feb 25 - "MR. MEFISTOFELEES" -- Rosemary Zurlo-Cuva, Marilyn Taylor/Dave Scheler, Dominic Holt, Beth Workmaster, Kimberly Blanchette
- Mar 4 - "BUSTOPHER JONES" -- Amber Scarborough, Nathan Reid, Gary Powell, Richard Roe, Richard Swanson, The Poetry Professors.
- Mar 11 - "SKIMBLESHANKS" -- Christopher Chambers, Norma Gay Prewett, Ron Czerwien, Fabu, Araceli Esparza, Jo Simons.
- Mar 18 - ** SNOW DATE **
Village Book Smith, On the Square, Baraboo, WI 53913
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 email@example.com for more information.
Arts + Literature Laboratory, 2021 Winnebago St, Madison