Open Mic

Upcoming Poetry Events – Week of February 24, 2013

Open Mic

As the weather is starting to get nicer and the sun is staying out longer, we know that big things are on the way. We will be announcing the 2013 Albany Word Fest next week. This years week long poetry festival will be happening in Albany April 14-20. Be on the lookout for that big announcement on Monday.

But, before we get to that, we have some great poetry and spoken word lined up for the next seven days. We are kicking everything off in Voorheeville on Sunday with the always great Sunday Four Open Mic then we head back down to Albany for Monday’s monthly Poets Speak Loud open mic. This month we are proud to welcome Bryan Roessel to the area from Suffern, NY as our featured poet.

Here is what is coming up in Poetryland this week…

Sunday, February 24

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


Monday, January 25

7:30pm – Poets Speak Loud
McGeary’s, 4 Clinton Square, Albany, NY
Poets Speak Loud is Albany Poets’ monthly open mic for poetry and spoken word with a featured poet. This mic is hosted by Mary Panza. This month our featured poet is Bryan Roessel.

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, February 26

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, February 27

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 Brian LaPointe.


Thursday, February 28

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 poets hosted by Bertha Rogers.

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, March 1

6:00pm – 1st Friday Open Mic at APL
Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY
Open mic for poetry and spoken word, part of the 1st Friday arts walk in Albany.

8:00pm – Calling All Poets
Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
Open mic for poetry with featured poets hosted by Jim Eve.


Saturday, March 2

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.