On Wednesday, July 6, the great Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic series in Saratoga Springs continues – at a new temporary home – with featured readers Marilyn McCabe and Cheryl Clarke followed by an open mic for poetry and spoken word.
While the Caffe is undergoing renovations, these monthly poetry events will be held at Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs NY 12866.
Marilyn McCabe’s new book of poems, Glass Factory, was published by The Word Works in Spring 2016. Her poem “On Hearing the Call to Prayer Over the Marcellus Shale on Easter Morning” was awarded A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando Prize, fall 2012, and appeared in the Los Angeles Review. Her book of poetry Perpetual Motion was published by The Word Works in 2012 as the winner of the Hilary Tham Capitol Collection contest. A grant from the New York State Council on the Arts resulted in videopoem “At Freeman’s Farm,” which was published on The Continental Review and Motion Poems.
Cheryl Clarke is a black lesbian feminist poet and the author of five books of poetry, the most recent of which is By My Precise Haircut published by The Word Works Press of Washington D.C. She is currently working on a collection of essays entitled Adult Black Culture: Gaining Entry. She is one of the organizers of The 4th Annual Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers to be held Sept. 9, 10, 11, 2016 in Hobart, N.Y.
The Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic, hosted by Carol Graser and sponsored by Northshire Bookstore, takes place on the first Wednesday of each and every month (usually) at Caffè Lena (47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs). This event has a $5.00 admission charge. Sign up at 7:00, 7:30 readings start.