Nitty Gritty Slam #46 – Welcome to the Summer!


The summer is heating up and we are getting closer and closer to the National Poetry Slam coming up in August. In the meantime we are still doing our thing at Valentine’s every other week and this coming Tuesday, June 4 is no different when we return for the 46th edition of Nitty Gritty Slam!

At the last slam, we welcomed some new faces to the stage and saw Melissa Anderson, Michael, and Love take home the top prizes. We are hoping for even more new poets and spoken word artists to join us at NGS #46 and all of our events as the summer goes on.

This is going to be another great night of poetry and spoken word as we continue on the road to the National Poetry Slam in Boston. And again for this slam, we are back to our Open Slam tradition. Everyone is welcome to sign up and compete. We will also have a special raffle to help raise money for the slam team. You never know what we are going to bring out from Albany Poets HQ. Last year we found 2006 Albany Word Fest shirts.

As we get closer and closer to Team Nitty Gritty competing against 71 other teams at NPS, we want to take this time to ask our very generous community for their support. You can help us send Albany’s slam team to Boston with a donation by going to and clicking “Donate”. Everything goes to fund the team’s travel and lodging to the event.

Albany Poets, Urban Guerilla Theatre, and The Frequency North Reading Series are bringing slam back to Albany with the Nitty Gritty Slam.

Last year a slam team from Albany, representing Nitty Gritty Slam, went to the National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, NC. This year, a new team consisting of Kevin Peterson, Daniella Watson, Algorhythm, Christopher The Poet, Poetyc Visionz, and ILLiptical will be heading to Boston to show the rest of the country the amazing talent that lives right here in Albany, NY.

NGS takes place at Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave.) 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 hosted by Nitty Gritty Slam Team coach Mojavi.

Sign up begins at 7:00pm, open mic starts at 7:30, and then Slam Master Thom Francis starts the slam at 8:00pm.

Admission is $5.00 ($3.00 with student ID). This is an 18+ show.

For information on the rules and format of the Nitty Gritty Slam and to meet the team, go to

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