Nitty Gritty Slam #73 Featuring Rachel Therres


We are back at The Low Beat on Tuesday, July 1 for the 73rd edition of Nitty Gritty Slam with the great Rachel Therres from the Suffern Slam Society as our featured poet. We last saw Rachel at the 2014 Word Fest Invitational Slam at The Linda and we are very happy to have her back to be part of Nitty Gritty Slam.

Suffern Slam TeamRachel co-organizes Suffern Poetry and this is her second year competing on the Suffern Slam team. By day she is an art teacher, by night you can find her tucked into the corners of poetry venues, scrawling down notes or twisting out sketches. She is palms and trachea reaching upward to the stratosphere. She is a Baltimore girl in a New York world. She is so thankful for poetry and community.

Again at this slam, and all summer long, we are back with our Old School Slam format. Everyone is welcome to sign up and compete in the traditional “8-4-2″ slam for cash prizes.

This is going to be another great night of poetry and spoken word as we continue our awesome Summer of Slam in right here, in Albany, NY. We have some very exciting slams so far this season with a lot of new faces taking the stage and sharing their words.

If you can’t make it out to the show that night, be sure to follow along on Twitter! We will be live tweeting pictures and results all night at @NittyGrittySlam and #NGS73.

Albany Poets, Urban Guerilla Theatre, and The Frequency North Reading Series have brought slam back to Albany with the Nitty Gritty Slam at The Low Beat (335 Central 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. Sign up begins at 7:00pm, open mic starts at 7:30, and then 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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