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: 

  • Nov 20  Bobbie Lovell and Laura Winkelspecht

    Bobbie Lee Lovell’s book, Proposition at the Walk-In Infinity Chamber, is the product of a personal growth and healing process. These poems are about relationships, decision-making and resilience. Pivotal moments from dating to divorce are infused with ekphrastic (visual art) and speculative (sci-fi/fantasy) elements.

    Laura Winkelspecht has appeared in Clementine Poetry JournalNEAT, and One Sentence Poems, among others. She is a poet and writer from Wisconsin who writes with the hope of finding some lightning among the lightning bugs. Follow her on Twitter @lwinkelspecht

  • Dec 4     2018 WFOP Poets’ Calendar Reading

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 Frankie Mengeling at mengeling.frankie23@gmail.com.

  • Nov 28 - Bill & Barbara Urbrock will present a dramatic reading of excerpts from "The Song of the Indian Wars” by John G. Neihardt, “Poet Laureate of Nebraska and the Prairies.” The selection will include the gripping account of the death of Crazy Horse. Bill and Barbara have presented several joint readings of Neihardt's A Cycle of the West. Barbara is a retired nurse practitioner; Bill is emeritus honorary John McN Rosebush professor of Religious Studies at UW Oshkosh.

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.



East

Sheboygan, Milwaukee, Racine

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. 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.

  • Nov. 20 - Kazimiera
  • Nov. 27 - Carmen Alicia Murguia

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/


Mid-Central

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

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.


Northeast

Rhinelander, Eagle River, Green Bay

The Reader's Loft, 2069 Central Ct, Suite 44, Green Bay, WI 54311, (920) 406-0200

  • Nov 25 - A Special Line-up of Readers for Small Business Saturday


On Saturday, November 25 the Reader’s Loft will open its doors with four Wisconsin authors whose work continues to enlighten and shape our communities.

Miranda Paul and Michael Leannah will kick things off with back to back story time readings of their latest picture books for children. Miranda Paul is tireless in her pursuit to affect children’s curiosity through words and will be reading one of her new books, The Great Pasta Escape (August 2017). This book is a funny story about a diverse group of pasta living together in a pasta factory. Conflict arises when the pasta figure out the real consequence of making it onto the shelves of  grocery stores and what happens once selected by shoppers. This book is a hilarious story about teamwork!

Michael Leannah is the author of Something for Everyone: Memories of Lauerman Brothers Department Store (May, 2013) and Most People (August 2017). Most People was a New York Times noted picture book illustrating empathy that is a courageous, constructive response to the dystopian world of the news media. The story is meant to reassure children that most people are not the sum of what we see in the media.

The afternoon will continue with a poetry reading from Max Garland, Wisconsin Poet Laureate 2013-2014.  The World We Used for It (October 2017) is a book of Wisconsin poetry that honors the grit of creatures both animal and human, bearing up in the face of mounting odds against them. He suggests that imagination itself requires grit, to be called upon when the more spectacular angels are otherwise occupied.  Max currently lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

The Small Business Saturday celebration will conclude with a reading from local true crime historian Gavin Schmitt.  Gavin is a life-long Fox Cities native. He is the author of six books on local history and true crime, and has been described as an excellent researcher and the go-to expert on organized crime in Wisconsin and surrounding areas. Gavin has turned his magnifying glass on the Fox Valley through his new book, Fox Cities Murder and Mayhem (November 2017). 

In addition to reading events Miranda Paul, Michael Leannah, Max Garland, and Gavin Schmitt will be engaging with shoppers with suggestions from their personal list of favorite titles for the gift giving season. Guests will receive a 20% discount off titles written by and/or suggested by the authors! And, as always, the Reader’s Loft staff will be available offering fun giveaways, treats and suggestions of their very own.

Schedule of events:
11am – 1pm: Miranda Paul and Michael Leannah story time for kids!
2pm – 3pm: Max Garland, Wisconsin Poet Laureate 2013-2014
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Gavin Schmitt, local true crime historian

The Reader's Loft, 2069 Central Ct, Suite 44, Green Bay, WI 54311, (920) 406-0200
House of the Tomato (HOTT) Poetry Reading Series, The Reader's Loft, readersloft.com. Third or fourth Thursdays Most Months, 5:30 pm. The region has created dedicated website for the series. Learn more at www.houseofthetomato.com or torigw@twc.com

2018 Series:

 
HOTT Poetry Reading Series WISCONSIN FELLOWSHIP OF POETS / NORTHEAST

HOTT Poetry Reading Series
WISCONSIN FELLOWSHIP OF POETS / NORTHEAST

  • Jan 25 - Annette Grunseth & Bobbie Lovell | BECOMING YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF
  • Feb 22 - Emilie Lindeman & Laurie MacDiarmid
  • Mar 22 - Mark Falcone & TBA
  • 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/ or call 920.854.7559.

  • Dec 1 - THE WORDS WE USE
    An evening of poetry and music featuring Beth Coleman – pianist; Sharon Auberle – Door County Poet Laureate; Kimberly Blaeser – 2015-16 WI Poet Laureate; and Max Garland – 2013-14 WI Poet Laureate.


Write On Door County, Sturgeon Bay
http://writeondoorcounty.org/ 
Check website for regular events and workshops.


 Northwest

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.

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.

  • Fitchburg Public Library, 2 pm on December 16, 2017
  • 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

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
http://artlitlab.org


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
www.ecpubliclibrary.info