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Poetry Links in Wisconsin

As part of our mission, we intend this page to be a place to link to any and all poetry resources in Wisconsin, from the state Poet Laureate to your local open mike. Email us information about poetry resources: editors (at) versewisconsin (dot) org. Please add a brief explanation if you like.

WI Journals & Zines Publishing Poems

Arbor Vitae
Cannot Exist
Cream City Review
Devil's Lake
Published by the UW-Madison Creative Writing Program.
A small-sized hand-stitched publication. Poetry Page
Check here every Monday for a new piece from both past and present Wisconsin poets, curated by Susan Firer.
Fox Cry Review
Hummingbird: Magazine of the Short Poem
Contact CX Dillhunt, Ed., 7129 Linfield Rd., Madison, WI 53719
Published by the UW-Milwaukee. A journal for undergraduate work, emphasis on Milwaukee area students.
Midwest Prairie Review
Lake City Lights, An Online Poetry Anthology
Madison Review
N.E.W. Voices, A Literary Platform for North-East Wisconsin
c/o Caravaggio Press, P.O. Box 41, Ellison Bay, WI 54210, or email Nancy Rafal, mrsticket(at)gmail(dot)com
Mobius: The Journal of Social Change
Begun in 1989 as a free, locally distributed print journal, an online quarterly since 2009, publishing poetry and fiction, Madison.
Our Lives
A bimonthly Madison, Wisconsin LGBTQA publication, showcasing a local LGBTQA poet and poem.

Otherwise, A Young Writers' Poetry Journal
A non-profit project launched by a Milwaukee school teacher and published poet, Otherwise accepts submissions from young writers ages 5-17.
Peninsula Pulse
A newspaper covering news, arts, literature, and entertainment in the Door County area, as a publication for poets to submit their work.
Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf
Woodrow Hall Editions brings poetry out of the libraries, book stores and classrooms into unexpected places.

A nationally published literary magazine at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.
Includes the regular column, "Passionate about Poetry"
Sheepshead Review
A literary journal based in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, publishing poetry, short prose, and black-and-white art.
Verse Wisconsin
Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Museletter
Wisconsin People & Ideas
Also sponsors annual contest for poetry.
Wisconsin Review


WI Book & Chapbook Publishers

Centennial Press
Cowfeather Press
Desperado Press
Fireweed Press
Little Eagle Press
Marsh River Editions (currently not accepting submissions)
Parallel Press
Popcorn Press
Rescue Press
Zarigueya Press
Zelda Wilde Press
(315 Water St, Cambridge, WI 53523)

WI Organizations & Websites Supporting Poets

Avol's Bookstore, Madison
Book That Poet!

One-stop-and-click resource for poetry event coordinators to locate poets nationwide even when they don't know them by name.
Boswell Book Company, Milwaukee
Council for Wisconsin Writers
Annual awards for individual poems (Lorine Niedecker Award) & best full-length collection (Posner Award)
Friends of Lorine Niedecker
Great Lakes Writers Festival at Lakeland College
Posts Concrete & Visual Poetry art and happenings.  There is also an ever increasing list of related links, including poets working in Wisconsin.
LaDeDa Books & Beans, Manitowoc
Offers good service and great insights.
Lists readings, open mikes, poets, and poetry news for the Madison area. List of poetry contests. This is your one-stop link for all things poetry in Madison!
Poetry submission service, with editing, critique, and publishing available from F.J. Bergmann.
Poetry Out Loud
State and national poetry recitation contest for high school students.
Room of One's Own Bookstore, Madison
UW-Madison Creative Writing Program
News, readings and events from the faculty, students & alumni of the Creative Writing Program.
Verse Wisconsin
Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
The Academy publishes poetry in Wisconsin People & Ideas, sponsors an annual contest for poetry, and now hosts the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission.
Wisconsin Book Festival
Wisconsin Center for the Book
Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets
WFOP holds two conferences each year and sponsors poetry contests for students and adults annually.
Wiconsin Library Association
Annual awards for WI poetry books.
Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission
The volunteer selection and support body for the Wisconsin Poet Laureate. Information about donations to the Commission in support of the Poet Laureate's work can be found here.
Wisconsin Writers’ Assoc
Woodland Pattern Book Center
Writers in Prison,,
a collective of writers, performers, and literary scholars in Wisconsin.
Write-by-the-Lake Retreat
Annual workshops in Madison.

WI Creative Writing Departments and Programs

Carroll University
Lakeland College
Mount Mary College 
UW Madison
UW Milwaukee


WI Poets Laureate

Wisconsin: Max Garland
Door County: Estella Lauter
Eau Claire: Bruce Taylor

Kenosha: Angie Aker
Madison: Sarah Busse & Wendy Vardaman
Milwaukee: Jeff Poniewaz & Jim Chapson

Racine: Darin Zimpel & Stephen Kalmar 

Independent Bookstores Beyond WI

Burke's Book Store, Memphis
Gibson's Bookstore, Concord, NH
Grolier Poetry Bookshop, Cambridge
Left Bank Books, Saint Louis
Open Books, Seattle
Powell's Books, Portland
Quimby's, Chicago


More WI Poetry Resources by Region

WI Map

Learning Resources: Workshops, Retreats, Centers & Teachers Open Mikes &
Reading Series
Open Poetry Workshops & Writing Groups

Björklunden Lawrence University’s 425-acre estate on Lake Michigan in Baileys Harbor, hosts two intensive 5-day poetry workshops each fall, led by Wisconsin’s Poet Laureate, Marilyn Taylor. Poets’ retreats. Delicious meals and comfortable lodging are available on-site; commuters are also welcome. For more information, contact Mark Breseman, Director: mark.d.breseman (at) lawrence (dot) edu.

The Clearing offers a wide range of classes, including painting, writing, quilting, birding, wood carving, poetry, rustic furniture making, photography, fine wood-working, music, weaving, philosophy, stained glass, metal work, nature study and paper arts. All Clearing classes are taught in a relaxed, informal style.

The Neville Public Museum Green Bay holds Poetry Night the last Thursday of each month.

The Attic Books and Coffee in Green Bay on Bodart Street holds open mic readings on the last Saturday of each month 7:00p.m.-9:00p.m.

The Harmony Cafe at 1660 West Mason (Next to Goodwill) Green Bay holds an open mic every Friday at 6:00-9:30.

Dickinson Poetry Series at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Water Street, Ephraim, WI Starting time is 7 pm.

West Central      
Mid-Central   Second Wednesday of the month at 7:00: The Original Voice Open Mic meets at The Coloma Hotel, 132 Main Street, Coloma, WI.  
Central-Fox Valley  

Harmony Cafe - Fox Valley at 233 East College Avenue, Appleton first & third Mondays.

The Poetry Collective at Windhover Center for the Arts, 51 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac, holds poetry readings on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7PM in the Cafe Gallery. Also visit Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective.

South Central

Driftless Writers

Potency of Poetry American Players Theatre, Spring Green. Program for teaching poetry to grades 3-12 classrooms, as well as home school groups.

The Fountain hosts the WINTER FESTIVAL OF POETS, Sunday afternoons, 2:00 - 3:30, January-mid-March.

The Village Booksmith Downtown Baraboo, 526 Oak St., 608-355-1001, hosts a SECOND FRIDAY POETRY series.

Monsters of Poetry is a monthly series of writers from near and far.

Just Bust is a monthly open mic with featured readers sponsored by First Wave/OMAI at UW-Madison. Usually takes place the first Friday of the month through the school year.

Visit MadPoetry for reading announcements in Madison.



Redbird Studio

The Poetry People readings, informal gatherings, & workshop through UW-Waukesha Continuing Ed.

Sheboygan County’s Mead Library Poetry Circle, led by Lakeland College Poet in Residence Karl Elder, will meet monthly this spring at 6:30 p.m. in Sheboygan on February 17, March 24, April 21, and May 19—all dates Wednesdays.

Milwaukee Internet Literary Calendar

BONK! a monthly performance series, held at The Racine Arts Council building, 316 Sixth Street in downtown Racine, WI.  It is usually (but not always) held on the fourth Saturday of the month and runs from about 6-7:30pm, give or take.  Sponsored by the Racine Public Library, this series is curated by Nick Demske.  Along with Demske, the series was originally founded in October 2008 with Matt Specht and Nicholas Michael Ravnikar. To learn more, apply to be a monthly mystery curator, or submit your work for consideration in the series, contact BONK! at bonk.racine (at) gmail (dot) com. Get on their Listserv for monthly updates.

The Urban Echo Poets read and write poetry with images of nature at its core.  We meet at the Urban Ecology Center, 1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee. Monthly (except August) on the second Thursday at 7pm.  We hold readings at People’s Book Cooperative on the third Thursday of February, May and October.  For more information, visit the website or call UEC 414-964-8505 or Carolyn Vargo 414-327-3861.
South   The Wildlife Refuge in Kansasville has monthly "1st Monday night Poetry Night" readings at 8 p.m. 3518 S Beaumont Ave, Kansasville 262-878-4766.