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 email@example.com See Facebook page for schedule: https://www.facebook.com/poetryunlockedappleton/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Frankie Mengeling email@example.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 starting at 6pm will be available. Featured artists at 7pm. www.thelmaarts.org. Tel. 920.921.5410 Check website for events: https://www.thelmaarts.org/tickets/
Sheboygan, Milwaukee, Racine
UW-Wisconsin at Waukesha
Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books
November 1 & 2
Featuring Margaret Rozga, Wisconsin Poet Laureate, as keynote speaker, along with other notable writers and poets, including Kimberly Blaeser. Detailed flyer and lineup here: http://www.sewibookfest.com/2019-print-program/
Mama D's Coffee, Wales (Developing a New Reading Series!)
Mama D's hosts a monthly Featured Poet/Open Mic typically held on the third Wednesday of every month from 7 - 9 p.m. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check event schedule here: https://www.mamadscoffee.com/events
Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53211
Tel. (414) 332-1181. General inquiries: email@example.com. For more of Boswell upcoming events: www.boswellbooks.com/upcoming-events
Woodland Pattern Bookcenter, 720 E Locust St in Riverwest, Milwaukee
Tel. (414) 263-5001. For more information about their events, contact Michael Wendt, firstname.lastname@example.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/. 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. Check “Poets Monday” for lineup: https://linnemans.com/events/category/poets-monday/
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. Call or check Facebook for updates: 414-239-8039 or https://www.facebook.com/miramartheatre
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, music, art, and YOU! Now in its seventeenth season, 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. Latest schedule here: https://uwm.edu/studentinvolvement/arts-and-entertainment/sociocultural-2/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. Call for info 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 email@example.com.
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
Lion’s Mouth, 401 N. Washington, Green Bay
After 26 years, a “new chapter” begins in Green Bay. The Reader’s Loft closes its doors and a new book store opens. Read more here: https://www.swensonbookdevelopment.com/blog/2019/a-new-chapter-readers-loft-closing-lions-mouth-opening/
Our poetry reading series will move to Lion’s Mouth when it opens late October/early November.
Nov 14 - Ed Werstein & Sylvia Cavanaugh
Dec 5 - WFOP Poets’ Calendar Readings
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/
Wisconsin Dells, Lake Geneva, Platteville, Madison
Common Ground, 2644 Branch St, Middleton
Suzy's Steakhouse, 2701 County CX, Portage
1st Tuesdays, 6–8 pm Featured Poets and OPEN MIC Suzy's Steakhouse, Hwy CX Portage - they open at 4:00 - call ahead for dinner reservations and ask to be seated with the poets. Tel: 608-742-8400.
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. Check events here: https://www.madisonpubliclibrary.org/events/calendar?library%5B0%5D=1935
Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, Madison
First Fridays, 8 pm: Madtown Poetry Open Mic. Signup 7 pm. Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, 1101 Williamson St., Madison. Check events here: https://www.motherfools.com/events
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. Call for info. Tel: 608-241-1574
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. Check Facebook for events and happenings: https://www.facebook.com/Gennas-Lounge-119805251364435
Arts + Literature Laboratory, 2021 Winnebago St, Madison
Madison’s art incubator. Arts + Literature Laboratory is a community-based contemporary arts center supporting the visual and literary arts, music and performance, and youth and adult arts education. Learn more: http://artlitlab.org