This was a great week for Albany Poets as we held our first in what we hope to be many live broadcasts of Poets Speak Loud at McGeary’s with featured poet Alicia Ortiz. We are bringing the equipment with us to Valentine’s this coming Tuesday for 21st installment of the Nitty Gritty Slam.
Speaking of the NGS, this week we also began our big fund raising campaign to help Team Nitty Gritty travel down to Charlotte to represent Albany at the National Poetry Slam for the very first time. If you want to find out how you can help, read the press release that went out the other day.
Here is what is coming up on this holiday week.
Monday, July 2
8:00pm – Club Harmony
Wok ‘N Roll Cafe, 52 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY
Weekly poetry open mic with featured reader hosted by Michael Platsky.
Tuesday, July 3
7:00pm – Emack and Bolio’s Open Mic Night
Emack & Bolio’s, Delaware Ave., Albany, NY
A weekly open mic for music and poetry
7:30pm – Nitty Gritty Slam #21
Valentines, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany
Albany Poets, Urban Guerilla Theatre, and The Frequency North Reading Series are bringing slam back to Albany with the NITTY GRITTY SLAM on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday’s of each month. If you’re not into slam, but want to get on stage and share your work, we have an open mic before the slam. Sign up begins at 7PM, open mic starts at 7:30, and the slam starts at 8PM. Admission is $5.00 ($3.00 with student ID).
Wednesday, July 4
8:00pm – Pauly’s Hotel Open Mic Night
Pauly’s Hotel, 337 Central Ave., Albany, NY
Poetry, Music, Comedy and more take center stage at Pauly’s weekly Open Mic Night hosted by Keith Spencer.
Thursday, July 5
7:00pm – Rockhill Bakehouse Open Mic
Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe, 19 Exchange Street, Glens Falls, NY
Weekly open mic for musicians and writers
8:00pm – Starving Artist Thursdays
Hudson River Coffee House, 227 Quail Street, Albany, NY 12203
A weekly open Mic for music, poetry, and spoken word at one of Albany’s best new coffee shops.
Friday, July 6
8:00pm – Calling All Poets
Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
A monthly poetry open mic series hosted by Jim Eve with a featured poet.
Saturday, July 7
7:00pm – Poets in the Park
Washington Park, Albany, NY
Saturdays in July at the Robert Burns statue, Washington Park, Albany at Henry Johnson Blvd. & Hudson Ave.
The featured poets for the first reading of the 2012 season are Adrianna Delgado and Howard Kogan.
7:00pm – COW (Chronogram Open Word)
314 Wall St., Kingston, NY
Poetry/Prose/Performance is hosted by Chronogram’s poetry editor Phillip Levine, it runs on the first Saturday of every month. This month’s featured poets are Judith Kerman and Victoria Sullivan
8:00pm – Poetry on the Loose
7 West St., Warwick, NY
A monthly poetry open mic series hosted by Bill Seaton with a featured poet Carol Graser.
For a full listing of all of the poetry and spoken word events in the area, head over to the events calendar page. If you live in the Western Massachusetts / Conneticut area, be sure to check out Lori Desrosiers‘ Poetry News.