Avol's Bookstore, Thursday, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Now based in Madison, the 12-year-old poetry journal marks publication of a special issue on beliefs as co-editors Sarah Busse and Wendy Vardaman join an illustrious tribe. Among them: Madison poet laureate Fabu; former Milwaukee poet laureates John Koethe and Susan Firer, whose respective new collections are Ninety-Fifth Street and Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People; and Pushcart Prize laureate Karl Elder, whose 10th collection is The Houdini Monologues.
Overture Center's Promenade Hall, Friday, Oct. 1, 5:30 p.m.
Your deities for this evening: Wisconsin poet laureate Marilyn L. Taylor, Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets secretary Bruce Dethlefson, Karla Huston (whose most recent chapbook is An Inventory of Lost Things), Richard Roe (whose latest collection is Knots of Sweet Longing) and David Scheler, whose forthcoming collection is titled Casting for Meteors -- the sort of thing divinities do when not attending poetry readings.
Overture Center's Promenade Hall, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2 p.m.
Poet, playwright and Rosebud Magazine founder Lehman celebrates one of the literary lions of the 1960s and 1970s with a dramatic reading of works by novelist and poet Richard Brautigan, whose Trout Fishing in America, Loading Mercury with a Pitchfork and other classics continue to echo in the hearts and minds of everyone who reads them. You know who you are.