What a great week we have lined up here in our poetry community starting with Poets Speak Loud on Monday night with Samson Dikeman and Pat Irish. Then Tuesday night is Nitty Gritty Slam #73 featuring Rachel Therres from the Suffern Slam Society. On Wednesday the great Elizabeth K. Gordon will be feautirng at Caffe Lena with Jesse Muse. And the poetry and spoken word continue from there through Saturday’s Poetry on the Loose.
We are blessed to have such a great wealth of talented poets and spoken word artists in the area. We are also very fortunate to have so many places for these writers and readers to perform. A huge thank you to all of the hosts and venue owners for opening your doors and letting words flow from your stages.
Go out and support local art and local businesses. Here is a look at what is coming up in our poetry community this week…
Monday, June 30
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 hosted by Mary Panza. This month we have two featured poets: Samson Dikeman and Pat Irish.
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, July 1
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 #73
The Low Beat, 335 Central Ave., Albany, NY
Albany’s poetry slam returns to The Low Beat with an Old School Poetry Slam with featured poet Rachel Therres. 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 St., 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, July 2
7:00pm – Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, NY
Open mic for poetry and spoken word hosted by Carol Graser at the historic Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs with featured poets Jesse Muse and Elizabeth K. Gordon.
Thursday, July 3
7:00pm – Rockhill Bakehouse Open Mic
Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe, 19 Exchange Street, Glens Falls, NY
Weekly open mic for musicians and writers.
7:00pm – Noble Coffee Roasters Open Mic
Noble Coffee Roasters, 3020 Routte 207, Campbell Hall, NY
Open mic with featured poets on the first Thursday of each and every month hosted by Robert Milby
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, July 4
7:30pm – Calling All Poets
Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Calling All Poets is a monthly open mic series, hosted by Jim Eve, Mike Jurkovic, and Robert Milby, with two featured readers at the beautiful and historic Howland Cultural Center in Beacon.
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, July 5
3:30pm – Poetry on the Loose
Seligmann Studio, 23 White Oak Drive, Sugar Loaf, NY
Poetry on the Loose is a monthly poetry and spoken word open mic series that takes place on the first Saturday of each month with a featured reader, hosted by William Seaton.
7:00pm – The Cotton Club Comes to Albany
McGeary’s, 4 Clinton Square, Albany, NY
The Cotton Club Comes to Albany is a benefit show for the Albany Arts and Literacy Center with performances by vocalists Carl Daniels, Steven Rivera, Sibie Lavoz, Hip hop artist Zae Biggs and Kaine, comedian Motier Haskins, poets Daniel Summerhill, Poetress, Billy Buchanon, Avery Stemple, Carlos Garcia, and Tenesha Smith.
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.