We have another big week of poetry and spoken word ahead of us here in upstate New York. Albany Poets is presenting the first semi-final to determine Team Nitty Gritty 2013 on Tuesday night with the top eight points leaders so far in the season. The next night up in Saratoga, Carol Graser is hosting the Caffe Lena Open Mic with featured poet Phillip Good. We close out the week with a very special event at Half Moon Books in Kingston for the launch of Rebecca Schumejda’s new book Cadillac Men.
Here is what is coming up in Poetryland…
Monday, November 5
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 6
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 #30 – The First Team NGS Semi-Final
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, November 7
7:00pm – Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, NY
Open mic for poetry and spoken word hosted by Carol Graser. This month’s featured poet is Philip Good.
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 8
7:00pm – Rockhill Bakehouse Open Mic
Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe, 19 Exchange Street, Glens Falls, NY
Weekly open mic for musicians and writers
7:00pm – Word Thursdays
Bright Hill Center, 94 Church St., Treadwell
Open mic with featured readers Melissa Febos and Earl W. Roberts III.
7:30pm – Bohemian Book Bin Open Mic
Bohemian Book Bin, 85 Carle Terrace, Lake Katrine, NY 12449
Monthly poetry open mic hosted by Teresa Marta Costa with featured poet C.J. Krieger.
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 9
6:30pm – Poetry at the Pine Hollow Arboretum
Pine Hollow Arboretum, 16 Maple Ave., Slingerlands, NY
Open mic for poetry and short prose with featured poet Bob Sharkey.
Saturday, November 10
2:00pm – Woodstock Poetry Society
Colony Cafe, 22 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY
Monthly poetry open mic in beautiful Woodstock, NY hosted by Chronogram Poetry Editor Phil Levine with featured poets.
4:00pm – Cadillac Men Book Launch
Half Moon Books, 35 North Front St., Kingston, NY
Rebecca Schumejda’s book release reading featuring Rebecca with John Dorsey, Nathan Graziano, and Cheryl Rice.
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.