Top 10 Posts of 2016

It’s the end of the year and a great time to look back at some of the most viewed posts on AlbanyPoets.com in the past 12 months.

We have some big plans for 2017, especially the Word Fest, so be sure to check back here, follow us on social media, and of course, go out to the local readings and open mics.


Albany Word Fest2016 Albany Word Fest – The 15th Annual Celebration of The Poetry And Spoken Word of Upstate New York

We celebrated the 15th Albany Word Fest in April with a week of poetry and spoken word events in the city. The 2016 Word Fest featured performances from Allen Parmenter, Daniel Nester, Heidi Pangratis, Brian DornWil Gibson, and more.


Call for Submissions – Up The River, Issue Five

We are very excited about this edition of the journal and the editors have received more poetry and art submissions than ever. We are still accepting submissions for the fifth issue of Up The River until Saturday, December 31.


Michelle J. FernandezTwo Poems – Michelle J. Fernandez

Two poems from local reference librarian Michelle J. Fernandez. Her poetry has appeared in the disability journal Wordgathering, and in Tonguas, the literary journal of the University of Puerto Rico. Michelle’s 2014 novella, The Pedestrians, was published in serial format by Novella-T.


Stephen A DiBiase Poetry Contest Winners Announced

This was the inaugural  Stephen A DiBiase poetry contest and the announcement of the winners was one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. We would receive multiple emails from poets asking when Bob Sharkey would be announcing the results.


Housewife Tuesday – The Next Day

Mary Panza came back from a (work) trip to Hawaii and began taking a long hard look at her past and started to try to figure some things out.


Housewife Tuesday – Gonna

Mary kicked off the year with this edition of Housewife Tuesday where she goes into her relationship with Sammy after seeing a photo of them on their last Christmas together.


Hard LaborReview: “Hard Labor” by Fred Voss and Don Winter

Rebecca Schumejda reviews Hard Labor is a sampling of working-class poetry written by two must-read small press poets Don Winter and Fred Voss from Working Stiff Press


Three Poems – Cheryl A. Rice

Three poems from Cheryl A. Rice, founder and host of the now-defunct Sylvia Plath Bake-Off. She has led her “Random Writing” workshops throughout the Hudson Valley, where she has lived for over 35 years, after growing up on Long Island.


Housewife Tuesday – Three Weeks in Bullet Points

Mary Panza decides to take a break from the usual format of the blog and run down a few things that have been on her mind since her return from Hawaii.


QE2The Half-Dead Poet Review – In This Place of Light & Sound (or What the QE2 Meant to Me)

R.M. Engelhardt continues his Half-Dead Poet Review series with this touching tribute to the QE2, the venue where many local poets first met in the 80s when the late Tom Nattell hosted one of the first poetry open mics on Central Ave.