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 a NEW parking lot across the street from The Draw. Open mike follows featured readers. For more information, contact Sarah Gilbert at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jun 11 - Andrea Potos and Katrin Talbot
- Jun 18 - C. Kubasta and Austin Segrest
- Jul 16 - Sharon Auberle and Jeanie Tomasko
- Aug 20 - Louis Clark and Lisa Vihos
Evergreen Manor, 1125 N. Westfield Drive, Oshkosh (previously Caramel Crisp)
4th Tuesdays, 6:30 pm. New location! Larger and quieter space. Guests can purchase beverages at Evergreen’s Pub 67 and restaurant. Further information on this change will come in a later email. Featured reader. An open mic will follow where participants may read a poem of their own or one that they love. For further information you may contact Mandi Isaacson email@example.com or Frankie Mengeling firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Jun 26 - Barb Germiat
Barb says she has been writing poetry, off and on, since about 1975. She was born and grew up on a dairy farm in Delavan, Wisconsin, not far from Waukesha and Carroll University. I’ve lived in Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois all my life. My great grandparents and grandparents emigrated to Wisconsin in the 1850s, and most of my family remain Wisconsinites. When she moved to Appleton, WI, she took a class in news and information writing at UW Fox Valley and classes in contemporary poetry and creative writing at that school. The poetry bug had bitten me.
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
Sheboygan, Milwaukee, Racine
Mama D's Coffee, Wales (Developing a New Reading Series!)
Mama D's is starting up their monthly Featured Poet/Open Mic on June 20, 7–9 pm, typically held on the third Wednesday of every month. Looking for poets interested in being featured during one of the upcoming months. The commitment simply involves reading some of your work for 25-30 minutes at the start of the evening. After that, the mic is open for any/all poets who would like to read a poem or two. Contact: email@example.com.
- Jun 20 - TBA
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. All events free or nominal admission.
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
- Jun 13 - Tom Boswell
Tom Boswell is a writer, photographer and community organizer who lives in Madison. His poetry has appeared in the Atlanta Review, Rattle, Poet Lore, The Potomac Review, Two Thirds North and other journals, as well as the anthology New Poetry from the Midwest 2017 (New American Press). Tom has won national competitions judged by Tony Hoagland, Luis Alberto Urrea and Robert Cording. His chapbook, Midwestern Heart, won the Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award. A second chapbook, Neighbors, was published by Evening Street Press in late 2017 and won the Helen Kay Chapbook Prize.
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
Second 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
- Jul 28, Saturday 2-4pm - Poetry Music Festival
Poets: Tom Davis, Crystal Gibbons, Grand Avenue Poetry Collective
Poet & Musician Collaboration: Sylvia Bowersox
Musicians: Amy Phillips
More to be announced.
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.
- Jun 5, (7–8:30 pm): BARDS AND BREWS: AN EVENING OF SHARING POETRY AND BEER With Mike Orlock and Ralph Murre. Starboard Brewing Company, 151 N. 3rd Ave, Sturgeon Bay
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
is hosting its 3rd Annual Spoken Word Series every Thursday this Summer, from 6-8 pm, June 7 through August 23 and would like to once again showcase 2 authors every week. Showcased authors will split tips and receive beverage and stone oven pizza with farm-grown ingredients and are encouraged to bring books and wares to sell. We hope to make this a bigger paying gig once we build a following. Sign up is first come, first serve, so please email John Adler at email@example.com for more info and to SIGN UP!
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.
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!
- Jun 5 - Carney Lentz and Dawn Andersen
- Jul 3 - F. J. Bergmann and Patricia Williams
- Aug 7 - Elayne Hanson and James Roberts
- Sep 4 - Fabu Carter and Michael Belongie
- Oct 2 - Gail Rendermann and Nathan J. Reid
- Nov 4 - Cristina Norcross
- Dec 6 - TBA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Arts + Literature Laboratory, 2021 Winnebago St, Madison
- Jun 16 (7pm): "New Poetry From Wisconsin"; the readers are Melissa Range (Lawrence University), Mark Kraushaar, and Richard Merelman.
- Jul 21 (7pm): The Watershed Reading Series presents “Where I Want to Live: Poems for Fair & Affordable Housing,” featuring Jennifer Morales, Margaret Rozga, Sheryl Slocum, and Harvey Taylor.