Upcoming Poetry Events – Week of August 26, 2012


We are at the end of another great week of POETRY and spoken word here in Albany this week. On Tuesday, we crowned local POET and MC,  ILLiptical as the Nitty Gritty Slam Season One Champion.  We also announced the Season Two schedule for NGS to get everyone ready for the next series of slam POETRY events, starting on Tuesday, September 4. But before we get to all of that, we have a lot of great events happening this coming week in the area. Kicking everything off is the 22nd Annual Subterranean POETRY Festival at The Widow Jane Mine with a huge list of the Hudson Valley’s great POETS.

Sunday, August 26

7:00pm – Spoken Aggregate: Twenty-Twelve
Widow Jane Mine, Route 213, Rosendale, NY
The 22nd Annual Subterranean Poetry Festival at The Widow Jane Mine in Rosendale, NY, to benefit the Century House Historical Society. 12 Poets will create three unique programs, which, together with music and open mikes, constitute an event called “Spoken Aggregate: Twenty-Twelve.” The Spoken Aggregate Poets are Terence Chiesa, Janet Hamill, Mike Jurkovic, Donald Lev, Marina Mati, Robert Milby, Will Nixon, Irene O’Garden, Guy Reed, Rebecca Schumejda, William Seaton, & Christopher Wheeling. The Event is hosted by Glenn Werner & Adrianna Delgado.


Monday, August 27

7:30pm – Poets Speak Loud
McGeary’s, 4 Clinton Square, Albany, NY
Poets Speak Loud is a monthly open mic for poetry and spoken word with a featured poet hosted by local poet Mary Panza at McGeary’s in downtown Albanyon the last Monday of the month. Sign-up for the open mic is 7:00pm, we start around 8pm. This month’s featured poet is L-Majesty.

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, August 28

7:00pm – Emack and Bolio’s Open Mic Night
Emack & Bolio’s, Delaware Ave., Albany, NY
A weekly open mic for music and poetry


Wednesday, August 29

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, August 30

7:00pm – Rockhill Bakehouse Open Mic
Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe, 19 Exchange Street, Glens Falls, NY
Weekly open mic for musicians and writers

8:00pm – The Safe Haven
The Book Club, 153 S. Pearl Street., Albany, NY
A positive poetry open mic series hosted by Poetyc Visionz with a new theme every week. $5.00 donation requested.

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, August 31

7:00pm – Between The Lines
Francesca’s Cafe, 461 Broadway, Troy, NY
A new monthly poetry open mic series hosted by Team Nitty Gritty member D. Colin as part of Troy Night Out. $5.00 donation requested. For more info email: poet.d.colin@gmail.com


Saturday, September 1

7:00pm – Chronogram Open Word
Outdated Cafe, 314 Wall St, Kingston, NY
COW (Chronogram Open Word): Poetry/Prose/Performance is hosted by Chronogram’s poetry editor Phillip Levine. This month’s featured poets are Teresa Costa and Bruce Weber (w/Joanne Pagano Weber)

8:00pm – Poetry On The Loose
Seligmann Center for the Arts, 23 White Oak Drive, Sugar Loaf, NY
A monthly poetry open mic series hosted by Bill Seaton with featured poet, R. Dionysius Whiteurs.

For a full listing of all of the poetry and spoken word events in the area, head over to the events calendar page.