Upcoming Poetry Events – Week of March 17, 2013


This week we had some exciting announcements regarding the upcoming Albany Word Fest. We began the online signup for the Friday Night Word Fest Open Mic. There has been a tremendous outpouring of support for this years event so far. A big “thank you” to everyone who has signed up for the open mic and who have helped Albany Poets with their generous donations.

We have a good week of poetry ahead of us here in upstate New York (and Pittsfield). Be sure to head out and support your local poetry reading and arts in general.

Monday, March 18

8:00pm – Club Harmony
Wok ‘N Roll Cafe, 52 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY
Weekly poetry open mic with featured reader Donald Lev hosted by Michael Platsky.


Tuesday, March 19

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

7:00pm – Colonie Tuesday Night Live Poets’ Corner
Colonie Town Library, Maxwell Rd, Colonie
Local poets and writers of all ages are invited to present six to ten minutes of their original work at this open reading forum. The public is encouraged to stop in and listen. Hosted by William Robert Foltin.

7:30pm – Nitty Gritty Slam #40 Featuring Jared Paul
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). For this last Open Slam before the Semi-Final our featured poet is Jared Paul.

8:00pm – WxW Open Mic
yBar, 391 North Street, Pittsfield, MA
Open Mic hosted by Emily Pulfer-Terino. First come, first served – sign up at the door for a spot to share your work or a favorite work of another. Ten 5 minute slots. Signup starts at 7:00pm.


Wednesday, March 20

7:00pm – Bank Square Coffeehouse
The Bank Square Coffeehouse, 129 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Monthly open mic hosted by Adrianna Delgado and Glenn Werner with a featured poet.

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 LaPoint and Joshua Gruft.


Thursday, March 21

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

7:30pm – Third Thursday Poetry Night
Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave, Albany, NY
A reading by poet Sylvia Barnard with an open mic for community poets hosted by Dan Wilcox. $3.00 Donation.

7:30pm – Frequency North
Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary, 959 Madison Ave., Albany, NY
The Frequency North writers series at The College of Saint Rose resumes speed with readings by Catholic activist-author Kaya Oakes and Albany-born poet David Yezzi. The reading is free and open to the public. Copies of the authors’ latest works will be available for purchase and signing.

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.


If we are missing anything on this list, check out the full events calendar. If you would like to have your poetry event listed on AlbanyPoets.com, send an email to albanypoets+events@gmail.com with the details.

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.