We have a great, solid week of poetry and spoken word ahead of us here in upstate New York. Everything kicks off in Voorheeville on Sunday with the annual contest to crown the 2013 Smith’s Tavern Poet Laureate then we head back down to Albany for Monday’s monthly Poets Speak Loud open mic. This month we are proud to have D. Colin as the featured poet. On Tuesday, we head over to Valentine’s for the Last Chance Slam for poets to get into the Nitty Gritty Grand Slam happening on May 7.
Here is what is coming up in Poetryland this week…
Sunday, April 28
3:00pm – Smith’s Tavern Poet Laureate Contest
Smith’s Tavern, Voorheesville, NY
The annual contest to crown the 2013 Smith’s Tavern Poet Laureate hosted by Dennis Sullivan, Mike Burke, and Edie Abrams.
Monday, April 29
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 D. Colin.
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 30
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 – Nitty Gritty Slam #43 – The Last Chance / Wild Card Slam
Valentine’s, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY
This is the last chance for poets to get into the Grand Slam, happening on May 7. Any poet who has not yet made it in or is new to the scene are welcome to compete. 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). This is an 18+ show.
Wednesday, May 1
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.
8:00pm – Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, NY
Open mic for poetry and spoken word hosted by Carol Graser with featured poets Mary Panza and Dorothy Randall Gray.
Thursday, May 2
7:00pm – Rockhill Bakehouse Open Mic
Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe, 19 Exchange Street, Glens Falls, NY
Weekly open mic for musicians and writers.
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, May 3
6:00pm – 1st Friday Poetry Open Mic
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
Monthly open mic hosted by Jim Eve with featured poets performing their work.
Saturday, May 4
3:30pm – Poetry On The Loose
Seligmann Center for the Arts, 23 White Oak Drive, Sugar Loaf, NY
Poetry on the Loose takes place on the first Saturday of each month, hosted by William Seaton. This month’s featured poet is Christi Shannon Kline.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the date and details.