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Poetry Readings, Listenings*, & Performances
*thanks to D. B. Appleton
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First Fridays 11 pm: Mind's Eye Radio: Madison area poets and writers rant, rave and reminisce on a new topic each month; airs on WORT, 89.9 FM.

Thursday nights 7:30 pm: Radio Literature: Show with local poets, writers and guest readers airs on WORT, 89.9 FM.

The conservatory at Olbrich Gardens © Fibitz

April

APRIL 14, 7:00PM, HELEN C. WHITE RM 6191 (600 N PARK ST), The Program in Creative Writing presents graduating fiction MFAs Christian Holt, Will Kelly, & Lucy Tan.

April 16, Saturday, 7 pm: Urban Spoken Word poetry slam (team finals this month!) and monthly open mic. The Urban Spoken Word Poetry Collective has consistently packed Genna’s upstairs room, displaying the best performance poets both locally and nationally. The poetry is passionate, funny, powerful and always entertaining; each slam is a competition wherein the competing poets can earn slots at this year’s Madison Slam Finals.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. Part poetry, part theater, part stand-up comedy, part oratory, slam is a constantly-evolving form, and always entertaining. At Genna’s on the Capitol square. Contact David at urbanspokenword@gmail.com for more information. urbanspokenword.org

Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 pm: FELIX presents: Dawn Lundy Martin, UW-Madison Campus, Elvehjem L150 (The building across the street from the main entrance of the Chazen Museum)

Dawn Lundy Martin is author of three books of poetry, and three chapbooks. Of her latest collection, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books 2015), Fred Moten says, “Imagine Holiday singing a blind alley, or Brooks pricing hardpack dandelion, and then we’re seized and thrown into the festival of detonation we hope we’ve been waiting for.” Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Pittsburgh, Martin is a member of the three-person performance group, The Black Took Collective. She is also a member of the global artist collective, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, the group that withdrew its work from the 2014 Whitney Biennial to protest the museum’s biased curatorial practices. Martin is currently working on a hybrid memoir, a tiny bit of which appears in “The Long Road to Angela Davis’s Library,” published in The New Yorker in December 2014.

APRIL 21, 7 PM, OVERTURE CENTER WISCONSIN STUDIO, The Program in Creative Writing presents WICW fiction & poetry fellows Jordan Jacks, Josh Kalscheur, Karyna McGlynn, Mika Taylor, & Mark Wagenaar.

May

Tuesday, May 3, 7–8:30 pm: ACADEMY TALK: Writing Wisconsin's Communities in the Wisconsin Studio, 3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
The stories and poems of Wisconsin writers shape our understanding of our natural areas and communities alike. But how can poetry and fiction change the ways in which we consider our future? Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kimberly Blaeser leads a panel of poets from across the state in a discussion about how creative writing can engage—and energize—a community. Free with advance registration, this Academy Talk is part of the Academy's Writing Wisconsin's Future series. If you have any questions, please contact Aaron Fai at 608-263-1692 ext. 14.

MAY 3, 8:00PM, DRAGONFLY LOUNGE (401 E WASHINGTON), Monsters of Poetry presents Mark Levine, Emily Wilson, Erika Meitner, Josh Bell, & Emilia Phillips

May 5, First Thursday, 7 pm: Bubbler Poetry Open Mike, Central Branch Library Bubbler Room, 201 W. Mifflin St. 6–6:30 pm: poetry mini-workshop. For info 608-566-9087 or arachne@madpoetry.org

MAY 5, 7:00PM, HELEN C. WHITE RM 6191 (600 N PARK ST), the Program in Creative Writing presents the annual Undergraduate and Graduate Prizes in Creative Writing, featuring poet and UW alumna Jenny Browne.

May 6, Friday, 8 pm: Madtown Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Ron Czerwien at Mother Fool's Coffeehouse, welcomes all forms of poetry. Each month a featured reader is showcased for 15-20 minutes, followed by the open mic. Readers in the open mic are invited to read their original work for up to five minutes. Sign up starts at 7 pm.

Sunday, May 15, 1 pm: MADISON POETRY DAY, Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

May 21, Saturday, 7 pm: Urban Spoken Word poetry slam and monthly open mic. The Urban Spoken Word Poetry Collective has consistently packed Genna’s upstairs room, displaying the best performance poets both locally and nationally. The poetry is passionate, funny, powerful and always entertaining; each slam is a competition wherein the competing poets can earn slots at this year’s Madison Slam Finals.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. Part poetry, part theater, part stand-up comedy, part oratory, slam is a constantly-evolving form, and always entertaining. At Genna’s on the Capitol square. Contact David at urbanspokenword@gmail.com for more information. urbanspokenword.org