Albany Poets Week in Review

What a great week to be involved in the poetry community here in Albany. This week was packed with awesome events and inspiring words. We kicked things off on Monday with the Keith Spencer’s Wide Open Mic at Professor Java’s. That open mic saw Josh McIntyre, Thom Francis, The Midnight Society, The Normanskill Saxons, Kevin Peterson, and Ed Rinaldi all take the mic to share their work with the capacity crowd.

The next night we returned to Valentines for Nitty Gritty Slam #6 with ILLiptical taking home the top prize of the evening. We have all of the scores and rundown of who performed at the open mic on the website. Since there are five Tuesdays in November we will be back in three weeks, on December 6, for Nitty Gritty Slam #7.

Here are a few of the stories that we posted on the Albany Poets site during the week:

Anticipation, a message from Dain Brammage
I am really looking forward to tomorrow night, it is the night of the Nitty Gritty Slam of which I am the Slammaster and Mojavi hosts the open mic.

The Intangible Collective at Valentines this Friday
Valentines is the place to be for poetry and spoken word this week with the Nitty Gritty Slam tomorrow night and the Intangible Collective rolling into town on Friday.

The Third Thursday Poetry Night featuring ILLiptical, The WizARd of MARS
This coming Thursday at the Social Justice Center the most “Electrifying Man in Spoken Word”, ILLiptical, will be the featured poet at the monthly open mic / poetry reading series hosted by Dan Wilcox.

NGS #6 Results – Crowning a New Champion
What a great night of poetry and spoken word at Valentines! The sixth installment of the Nitty Gritty Slam was a fantastic showcase of the local talent that exists here in upstate New York.

Post-Thanksgiving Poets Speak Loud featuring Kevin Peterson
After the turkey and fixin’s have been put away for good this year, come on down to McGeary’s on Monday, November 28, for the Poets Speak Loud open mic hosted by Mary Panza. This month our featured poet is Kevin Peterson.


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