Open Mic

Upcoming Poetry Events – Week of November 25, 2012

Open Mic

What a great week we just had here in Albany. Not only did we celebrate Thanksgiving with our friends, family, and loved ones, we also held our very first Women of the World Poetry Slam prelim. Poets (and Team Nitty Gritty 2012 members) D. Colin and Elizag will be moving on to the WOWps Grand Slam on February 19 to determine who will be representing us at the 2013 WOWps in Minnesota in the spring.

We are now gearing up for another big week of poetry and spoken word in the area with seven full days of events and open mics. Albany Poets is presenting the November, post-Thanksgiving edition of Poets Speak Loud on Monday night with featured poet Rebecca Schumejda at McGeary’s. But that’s only one of the many events happening next week in Poetryland.

Here’s a look ahead…

Sunday, November 25

3:00pm – Sunday Four Poetry Open Mic
Old Songs Community Center, 37 South Main Street, Voorheesville
Open Mic for poets and poetry with a featured poet Phillip Levine hosted by Dennis Sullivan, Mike Burke, and Edie Abrams.


Monday, November 26

7:30pm – Poets Speak Loud
McGeary’s, 4 Clinton Square, Albany, NY
Monthly open mic for poetry and spoken word with a featured poet Rebecca Schumejda hosted by Mary Panza.

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, November 27

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, November 28

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, November 29

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.

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..


Friday, November 30

7:00pm – Between The Lines
Enchante Tea Room 169 River St. Troy, NY
A new monthly poetry open mic hosted by D. Colin with featured poet Elizag in beautiful downtown Troy.


Saturday, December 1

3:30pm – 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 a featured poet.


For a full listing of all of the poetry and spoken word events in upstate New York, head over to the events calendar page. And if you live in the Western Massachusetts / Connecticut area, be sure to check out Lori Desrosiers‘ Poetry News Calendar.

If you would like to have your poetry event listed on, send an email to with the date and details.