Upcoming Poetry Events – Week of April 21, 2013


As the 2013 Albany Word Fest is starting to wind down we are getting ready for more poetry and spoken word coming up next week. But before that we still have three big events in the Word Fest. Tonight is the Word Fest Open Mic at the UAG Gallery starting at 7:00pm. The list already has 65 poets signed up and we may be able to open up more spots as the night goes on. Then right up Central Ave. at The Linda Mojavi and the rest of the UGT team are presenting “Skit Happens, Too” with some of the best poetry, music, performance, comedy, and this month, skits.

Then tomorrow we head over to Valentine’s to bring Word Fest week to a close with the first ever Word Fest Invitational Slam. This will be special six team, four round slam with poets from Albany, Syracuse, Bridgeport, Jersey City, Suffern, and Buffalo. The local poets representing Nitty Gritty Slam are Kevin Peterson, Algorhythm, Daniella Watson, and Poetyc Visionz. Tickets are available online for only $10. This show will begin at 6:00pm sharp.

Here is what is coming up in Poetryland this coming week…

Monday, April 22

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, April 23

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 – Stage 1 Open Mic
Albany Barn – Stage 1, 46 N. Swan Street, Albany, NY
A new collabortaion between Albany Barn and Albany Poets. Come to perform, or simply to enjoy the acts. Refreshments will be served, and admission is free.

8:00pm – WXW Tuesday Project Featuring Leigh Strimbeck
yBar, 391 North Street, Pittsfield, MA
Leigh Strimbeck‘s one woman work-in-progress. Leigh tells stories and creates characters with wit, passion and conviction. Alternately funny and moving. Strimbeck is an actor, director, teacher, writer and co-founder of WAM (Women’s Action Movement Theatre).


Wednesday, April 24

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, April 25

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, April 26

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

8:00pm – Yes!
Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany, NY
The last Yes! reading of the season with three great guests, Travis Cebula, Nicholas Thayer, and Paul Hannigan.


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.