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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.

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November 12, Thursday, 7 pm: An Evening with Alice Notley. Hosted by the Felix Series of New Writing at room 112 of the Pyle Center (702 Langdon St). Free and open to the public. Multiple award recipient and lifetime achievement Ruth Lilly Prize winner Alice Notley will be reading from her most recent work, Culture of One, as well as upcoming unpublished works. Question, answer, and conversation period to follow. Please see for more information.

November 12, Thursday, 8pm: The Watershed and ALL are pleased to announce the WALL Reading Series, a bountiful monthly reading with local and visiting writers. Join us on the second Thursday of each month from 8 to 9 PM. This series is free & open to the public. In November, we're celebrating the recently released New Poetry from the Midwest anthology with a reading by contributors. Arts + Literature Laboratory (ALL), 2021 Winnebago Street, Madison.

November 21, Third 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 for more information.