Upcoming Poetry Events – Week of March 3, 2013


This year is flying right along. We are already in March and looking ahead to the 2013 Albany Word Fest in April. We made the official announcement about the event earlier this week and have received a great response so far. This years Word Fest looks to be another great series of events as we are again hosting a full week celebration of poetry and spoken word here in Albany. We ave open mics, featured readings, film screenings, haiku battles, poetry slams, and much more planned for the week of April 14.

But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Here is rundown of the poetry events that are coming up next week in and around Albany.

Monday, March 4

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


Tuesday, March 5

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 #39 – The Dead Poet Slam
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, March 6

7:00pm – Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic
Pride Center of the Capital Region, 332 Hudson Ave, Albany, NY
Monthly poetry open mic at the historic Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs with a featured poet hosted by Carol Graser. This month’s featured poet is Bob Sharkey.

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 7

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

7:00pm – Noble Coffee Roasters Open Mic
Noble Coffee Roasters, 3020 Route 207, Campbell Hall, NY
Monthly open mic for poetry and spoken word with two featured poets.

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.


Saturday, March 9

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 Katherine Hastings and Rachel Marco-Havens.

7:00pm – Poetry at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation 
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Kingston, 320 Sawkill Rd, Kingston N
Monthly series for poetry and spoken word with featured poets hosted by Annie LaBarge.


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 AlbanyPoets.com, send an email to albanypoets+events@gmail.com with the date and details.