Upstate Poetry News and Events

We have had a lot of news and information on events coming in to Albany Poets headquarters in the past couple of days. Here is what you may have missed.

Poetry Recital at The Bohemian Book Bin, Thursday, June 9

Teresa Marta Costa On Thursday June 9th 7:00 PM with featured poets Aleathia Drehmer & Michael  Heinrich

Plus the Open Reading – Plus the refreshments – Plus  Great people , magical feelings

Fantastical Book Store

Poetry Readings are the Second Thursday of every Month. Everyone is invited

Pass this on..Tell the world….

Bohemian Book Bin, 85 Carle Terrace, Lake Katrine, NY, (845) 336.6450
just off  Rte 9W.  In back of Hanson’s Cavier almost across rte 9W from Big Bubbles Laundromat

New Open Mic Series in the North Country

ACW Open Mic Get ready for the Adirondack Center for Writing’s OPEN MIC series! Starting in June, we’ll sponsor a monthly open mic session in collaboration with several venues around the park. The series pairs inspiring readings from a featured author or poet, as well as an open forum to share your own writing.

The Willows Bistro in Warrensburg, NY hosts Open Mic Night on the second Thursday of every month. ACW will co-sponsor those events at the Willows every June, September, December, and March. For our first collaboration, June 9th, the featured author will be Paul Pines, (author of "Last Call at the Tin Palace" and "My Brother’s Madness”), Bibi Wein (“The Way Home”) in September, and in December, Mary Sanders Shartle ("Winterberry Pine: Three Poets on Adirondack Winter"). Please visit for more information. The Northwoods Inn at Lake Placid will hold readings on the second Thursday in July with reader Maggie Bartley, October withCharles Watt, and next January and April with readers TBA. The Old Forge Library will host on the second Wednesday in August with reader Paula Roy, and in November, February and May.

All events are free and open to the public, and we’d love to hear you present your work. If you’re interested in sharing, please send us an email ( with the subject line “OPEN MIC” followed by the venue and date you’re interested in sharing. For example “OPEN MIC, Northwoods Inn, July 14th.” And come out and support your local literary scene.

Delmar Writers Presenting an Afternoon of Poetry and Prose

The Delmar Writers will be presenting an afternoon of poetry and prose on Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 2:00-4:00 at the Bethlehem Library.  I know Saturdays in summer tend to be very, very busy, which is why I’ve put in my order for a cold, blustery day with rain and eventually hail, preventing everyone from working in the garden or traveling out of town.

So come – sit and relax – enjoy a mix of poetry, fiction, personal essay and memoir.  See you there!

Journeys to Strange Places, Wednesday, June 15 at The Arts Center

O Amazonas Escuro Literary reading from two acclaimed New York writers on Wednesday, June 15 at 7PM at The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street Troy, NY 12180

During an evening titled “Journeys to Strange Places” Eugene K Garber will read from his new novel “O Amazonas Escuro” and Wesley Brown will read a new short story titled “Women From Mars.” The two readings focus on the journeys we make throughout our lives. Journeys to Strange Places is curated by Lucia Nevai who is novelist and short story writer.

Free admission.

For more information, please see:

Cheryl Rice to be the Featured Poet at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Cheryl Rice On Saturday, June 18th, along with fellow poet Frank Murphy, I’ll be one of the featured poets at the monthly reading sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills in Kingston. The reading begins at 7 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

In an unusual twist, admission is a flat $5 for non-readers, and $2.50 for those who sign up for the open mic before and after the features! At last, it pays to be a poet!

The Unitarian, for short, is located at 33 Sawkill Road, just off Washington Avenue and the NYS Thruway Exit 19 roundabout, in Kingston. I hope some or all of you can make it!

Sunday Four Poetry Open Mic with Featured Poet Dale Hobson, June 26

Come out June 26th for the last session of our third season to hear Potsdam’s Dale Hobson read from his latest book A Drop of Ink and other fine poems from his obras. Will be a treat, we can assure you!

If later, you feel compelled, join the regulars at the POETS’ CORNER at Smith’s Tavern, where there is always scintillalting discussions about nothing. Hard to do but sometimes a pint helps!

And be sure to take a broadside from the rack featuring the POET OF THE MONTH.

SUNDAY FOUR OPEN POETRY MIC on Sunday, JUNE  26th, 2011 at Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S. Main Street, Voorheesville at 3 pm with feature DALE HOBSON reading from A DROP OF INK. For more information contact or 469-0202. Hosted by Dennis Sullivan, Mike Burke, and Edie Adams.

Summer Writers Workshop in Woodstock

The summer session of the Woodstock Writers Workshops will start on July 12.  You’re cordially invited—or you can pass on this information to others.

There will be only four sessions of the workshop in the summertime, since we’re sandwiched between two major holidays.  The meetings this summer will take place on July 12, July 26, August 9 and August 23.  Tuesdays as usual, 6:30 to 8:30. 

All four sessions cost $60.  You can mail checks to Iris at 21 Cedar Way, Woodstock, NY 12498. There is an air conditioner, so hot spells are no problem. Sumnmerbirds are welcome.

Iris is looking forward to hearing from you, by email (, telephone (845-679-8256) or snailmail.  Warm regards to you all.