Albany Poets Week in Review

Another great week of poetry and spoken word this week in Albany. We kicked off the week at Professor Java’s for Keith Spencer’s monthly Wide Open Mic. This time around we were moved to a different, smaller room, but we made it work for the evening that featured music, poetry and comedy.

Speaking of Keith Spencer…he has put together an exciting program for this weekend’s Living Walls exhibit. The Albany poetry and spoken word community will be represented at this event by Cheryl Rice, Avery, Nancy Denofio, Carol Graser, Joe Krausman, Jan Tramontano, Bob Sharkey, Miriam Axel-Lute, Tess Lecuyer, Bless, Carolee Sherwood and Jill Crammond.

The poetry action doesn’t stop there. On Monday, Murrow (Keith Spencer and Thom Francis) will be taking over the hosting duties (and featuring) for R.M. Engelhardt for One Night Only at the Saint Poem Reading Series at the UAG Gallery.

Then on Tuesday, the second Nitty Gritty Slam is happening at Valentines.

Here are some of the other things that we covered this week:

New Poetry – A.C. Everson
The “Pinata Queen” of Albany is a very busy local artist who has been a featured poet at many of the events (Albany Word Fest, LarkFest, Poets Speak Loud) over the years and usually brings a special pinata to mark the occasion.

New Poetry – Bob Sharkey
Bob Sharkey has been a part of the Albany poetry community for over a decade now. In that time he has been a featured poet at many of the open mics and events in the area.

Video – Tammy Lopez at The Nitty Gritty Slam
Last week was the debut of Nitty Gritty Slam at Valentines and here is video of our first slam winner, Tammy Lopez.

Immediate Worlds – The New Book by Anthony Bernini
Anthony Bernini’s second volume of poetry, has been released. This 72-page bound paperback volume, produced with exacting care by The Troy Bookmakers, includes a discerning preface by Selma R. Burkom.

Poets Speak Loud Celebrity Roast of Don Levy
On Monday, September 26, we return to McGeary’s (4 Clinton Square, Albany) for another edition of Poets Speak Loud, but this month we have a very special treat…The Celebrity Roast of Don Levy!

Video – Avery Reading at Poets Speak Loud
Here is a video of Avery reading at Poets Speak Loud open mic at McGeary’s in 2010.

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