National Poetry Month may have come to an end, but as Dan Wilcox always reminds us, “Every Day is Poetry Month in Albany”. We have a lot of poetry and spoken word lined up starting this coming Monday in Woodstock and continuing through the week as we celebrate the poetry and spoken word of upstate New York and western Massachusetts.
Here’s the full lineup of what is going on the our community this coming week…
Monday, May 5
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, May 6
7:00pm – Club Helsinki Open Mic
Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY
A weekly open mic for music, performance, and poetry on the incredible Club Helsinki stage.
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 #69 – The Wild Card / Last Chance Slam
The Low Beat, 335 Central Ave., Albany, NY
Albany’s poetry slam continues with your last chance to get into the Grand Slam coming up in two weeks. Admission to NGS is $5.00 / $3.00 with student ID. (18 + / 21 to drink)
8:00pm – Northampton Poetry Open Mic
World War II Club, 50 Conz Street, Northampton, MA
Northampton’s only weekly open mic poetry night offers some of the best, most creative voices in the county. Every Tuesday night at 8:00pm. Come down and listen. Come down and share your words. Academic or slam, spoken word or political: Your words are welcome.
Wednesday, May 7
7:00pm – Live From The Living Room
The Pride Center, 332 Hudson Ave., NY
Monthly poetry open mic with featured reader Samson Dikeman hosted by Don Levy.
7:00pm – Poetry Nite at The Last Bite
lat Bite Cafe, 103 Main Street, High Falls, NY
A monthly poetry reading with featured poets hosted by the great Donald Lev.
Thursday, May 8
6:30pm – Fulton Street Writers & Rhythms
Fulton Street Gallery, 408 Fulton Street, Troy, NY
An evening of percussion, poetry, and storytelling at the Fulton Street Gallery in Troy.
7:00pm – Rockhill Bakehouse Open Mic
Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe, 19 Exchange Street, Glens Falls, NY
Weekly open mic for musicians and writers.
7:30pm – Bohemian Book Bin Open Mic
Bohemian Book Bin, 592 Ulster Ave., Kingston, NY
Monthly poetry open mic with featured reader Tony Pena hosted by Teresa Marta Costa.
8:00pm – Starving Artist Thursdays
Hudson River Coffee House, 227 Quail Street, Albany, NY
A weekly open Mic for music, poetry, and spoken word at one of Albany’s best new coffee shops.
Friday, May 9
6:30pm – Poets of Earth, Water, Tree, and Sky
Pine Hollow Arboretum, 16 Maple Ave., Slingerlands, NY
Monthly (April – November) poetry reading and open mic series at the Pine Hollow Arboretum in Slingerlands. This month’s featured poet is Paulette Swartzfager.
7:00pm – Writers Night at Cafe Mezzaluna
Cafe Mezzaluna, 626 Route 212, Saugerties, NY
Poets and writers are invited to read at this monthly open mic series hosted by Leslie Gerber. This month’s featured poet is Mike Jurkovic.
7:00pm – Between The Lines
Enchante Tea Room, 169 River St., Troy, NY
A monthly poetry and spoken word open mic with a featured performer at the Enchante Tea Room in downtown Troy hosted by D. Colin. This month’s featured poet is Bless.
8:00pm – The Parlor Cafe Open Mic
The Parlor Cafe, 303 Ashland Street, North Adams, MA
A weekly open mic each and every Friday at the Parlor Cafe in North Adams for poets, musicians, and artists. Signup at the bar and get ready for the show, starting at 8:00pm.
Saturday, May 10
2:00pm – Woodstock Poetry Society
Golden Notebook, 29 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Monthly poetry open mic in beautiful Woodstock, NY hosted by Chronogram Poetry Editor Phil Levine with featured poets Karen Schoemer and Timothy Brennan.
7:00pm – Poetry at the UUC
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Kingston, 320 Sawkill Road, Kingston, NY
A monthly poetry open mic with featured readers 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the date and details.