Central-Fox Valley Region

Appleton, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac

The Draw, Feather & Bone Art Gallery, 800 S. Lawe Street, Appleton
Appleton's "Poetry Rocks" Reading Series is moving to THE DRAW MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2017!
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 celebrate this new venue by featuring …. YOU!
OUR INVITATION: a Poetry Recitation Event. Select a poem and start memorizing!
This is part of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Recitation project – your reading will be videotaped and submitted for inclusion on the Interactive Recitation Map. The map and more information can be found at http://wisconsinpoetlaureate.org/poetry-in-wisconsin
Additional Details: 1) Find a published poem (not your own) and memorize it; 2) Join us on February 20 at 7:00 pm to recite or listen; 3) Be prepared to share the poem’s title and the author’s name before you read; 4) Recite your poem out loud to huge applause! 5) To Register to Participate contact: ccofell@gmail.com 6) If time permits, our traditional open mike will follow. Beverages of some ilk will be available. 

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

  • Feb 20 -- Recitation Event
  • Mar 20 -- former WI Poet Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen and Appleton’s own Karla Huston
  • Apr 17 -- former WI Poet Laureate Marilyn Taylor and Madison’s amazing Shoshauna Shy 

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.

  • Jan 24 -- Estella Lauter

Estella Lauter is Professor Emerita at UW-Oshkosh and lives in the Door Peninsula. Her first chapbook, Pressing a Life Together By Hand (2007), appeared in the New Women’s Voices series from Finishing Line Press, and was nominated for two Pushcart prizes. The Essential Rudder: North Channel Poems was released by FLP in 2008. Her poem "Gaza, January 2009" tied for first prize in the 2009 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Contest. Transfiguration: Re-Imagining Remedios Varo appeared from FLP in 2013. Her poems have appeared in the Peninsula Pulse, Free Verse, Verse Wisconsin, Wisconsin People and Ideas, and several anthologies, including The Nature of Door. She has won awards from the Pulse, Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, Wisconsin Regional Writers Association and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. She will read from a new manuscript titled You Never Said. We Didn't Ask about WWI.

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

Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee

  • Jan 8-- Book releases for Steven Toussaint & John Tipton (2pm, FREE)
  • Jan 18 -- Book releases for Ed Block & Sylvia Cavanaugh (7pm, FREE)     
  • Jan 28 -- 23rd Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit (10 am–1 am Sunday, $10 or FREE for those who pledge a reader for $35 or more)

More information at http://www.woodlandpattern.org

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.

  • Jan 9 -- Heidi  
  • Jan 16 -- Ed Makowski
  • Jan 23 -- Kavon Cortes Jones
    Jan  30 -- Ama Merakis

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

  • Feb 8 -- Dan Holland

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.

  • Jan 29 -- Michael Kriesel

Mike is the winner of North American Review’s 2015 Hearst Prize and the past president of Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.  His work has appeared in numerous journals including Rosebud and Wisconsin People & Ideas.  His books of poetry include Chasing Saturday Night: Poems about Rural Wisconsin (Marsh River Editions).  

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

  • Jan 19 -- CJ McMahon (Poetry & Music)
  • Feb 16
  • Mar 16 -- Laurel Mills
  • Apr 20 -- Tom Erickson & C Kubasta
  • May 18 -- Melissa Range

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

POETS: Steve & Jeanie Tomasko, Michael Kriesel, Sylvia Bowersox
More details to follow!

  • Sep 14 -- James Botsford & Gregory Galbraith
  • Oct 19
  • Nov 16

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

  • Jan 11 -- Cynthia Barnes Johnson "Embedded Memories"
  • Feb 8 -- Youth Readers
    Mar 8 -- Mike Orlock

Write On Door County, Door County
Write On Door County has ongoing writing classes and events. See writeondoorcounty.org for schedule and to sign up for mailing list.

  • Jan 15 -- Peace of Poetry, 9am-1030am, Hope Church, Sturgeon Bay
  • Jan 20 -- Peace of Poetry, 1pm-2pm, Sister Bay Library, Sister Bay

Come together to share and listen to poems promoting peace. Throughout the country, people are gathering this week of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the inauguration to share words of peace. Bring a poem by a favorite poet or one of your own to read aloud. The program is free and open to all ages. 

  • Mar 23 -- Naomi Shihab Nye, 7-830pm, Door Community Auditorium ($10 donation requested)

Write On, Door County is proud to present critically-acclaimed and internationally renowned poet Naomi Shihab Nye in a special appearance, kicking off the Door County Conference. Known for poetry that lends a fresh perspective to ordinary events, people, and objects, Nye has said that, for her, “the primary source of poetry has always been local life, random characters met on the streets, our own ancestry sifting down to us through small essential daily tasks.” More here.


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

Gates of Heaven Synagogue, Madison
On Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the Madison, WI community comes together with writers across the country for #WritersResist, a “re-inauguration” of our shared commitment to the spirit of compass.

  • Jan 15 -- Madison Writers Resist (6pm)

The Fountain Bar & Restaurant, 122 State Street, Madison
2017 Winter Festival of Poetry: "I Sing To The Trees." All Sunday readings will begin at 2 p.m. 

  • Jan 22: "I Pine For You" -- Judy Washbush, Bridget Birdsall, Dominic Holt, Angie Vasquez, Lynn Patrick Smith, Martha Kaplan
  • Jan 29: "Under The Willow" --  Judith Zukerman, Jo Scheder, Kathy Miner, Marilyn Annucci, Jacki Martindale, Lori Lipsky
  • Feb 5: "Spruced Up" -- Gary Powell, Gillian Nevers, Antonio Re, Robin Chapman, Tim Walsh, Alice D'Alessio
  • Feb 12: "Sacred Oak" -- Margaret Benbow, Dave Benson, Rosemary Zurlo-Cuva, Eugenia Highland, Mark Lilleleht, Araceli Esparza, Kinbria -- from Ireland
  • Feb 19: "Fir Will Fly" -- Richard Roe, Nesha Kriv Ruther, Andrea Potos, Jo Simons, Sharon Daly, Beth Ann Workmaster
  • Feb 26: "Crackin' A Walnut" -- Sara Parrell, Jeffrey Z. Rothstein, John Lehman, Steve Tomasko, Jeanie Tomasko, Fabu, Fran Rall
  • Mar 5: "Sugar Maple Time" -- Dave Scheler, Marilyn Taylor, Anja Notanja, Freesia KcKee, Lewis Bosworth, Mark Kraushaar
  • Mar 12: "Ashes All Fall Down" --  Gordon Glass, Nydia Rojas, Esther (Catherine) Cowie, Bill Scanlon, Marlon Howard Banks, Frandu

Madison Central Library, 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. 

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