Upcoming Poetry Events – Week of April 16, 2017


So much going on in the local poetry and spoken word community. Here is a look at all of the poetry events, readings, slams, and workshops coming up this week in the region – including the 2017 Albany Word Fest!


Monday, April 17

7:00pm – Albany Word Fest – Night of Features
Hudson River Coffee House, 227 Quail Street, Albany, NY
The 2017 Albany Word Fest kicks off at the Hudson River Coffee House on Quail Street with the “Night of Features” with readings from Sylvia Barnard, Brian Dorn, Jacqueline KirkpatrickDaniel Nester, and Poetyc Visionz.

7:00pm – Poetic Vibe
Troy Kitchen, 77 Congress Street, Troy, NY
Poetic Vibe is a weekly Poetry Open Mic with featured local and regional poets hosted by D. Colin in downtown Troy.

7:30pm – Front Parlor
The Olde English Pub, 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY
A storytelling night at The Olde English Pub with a different theme each month hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk.


Tuesday, April 18

7:00pm – Albany Word Fest – Nitty Gritty Slam Haiku Battle
The Low Beat, 335 Central Ave., Albany, NY
This special edition of NGS pits two poets against each other on stage in a battle of 17 syllables. Participation is limited to the first 16 poets who sign up.

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 – Colonie Tuesday Night Live Poets’ Corner
William K. Sanford Town Library, 629 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY
Local poets and writers of all ages are invited to present six to ten minutes of their original work at this open reading forum. The public is encouraged to stop in and listen.

8:00pm – Northampton Poetry Slam and 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.


Wednesday, April 19

7:00pm – Albany Word Fest – Albany Poets Presents R.M. Engelhardt
Restaurant Navona, 289 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY
Albany Poets is proud to welcome R.M. Engelhardt as featured guest at Albany Poets Presents at Restaurant Navona. Albany Poets Presents puts a spin on the typical poetry event in the local literary community by highlighting one poet every two months with an interview and Q&A session following the reading., recorded for the Albany Poets podcast.


Thursday, April 20

7:00 PM – Albany Word Fest – Lark Street Poetry Walk
Lark Street, Albany
Join Daniel Nester and The College of Saint Rose students Thursday evening as they walk Lark Street and recite poetry on the every corner.

7:00pm – Albany Word Fest – Third Thursday Poetry Night
New World Home Cooking, 1411 Rte 212, Saugerties, NY
Dan Wilcox hosts this open mic for poetry and spoken word featuring poet Kathleen McCoy.

7:00pm – Rockhill Bakehouse Open Mic
Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe, 19 Exchange Street, Glens Falls, NY
Weekly open mic for musicians and writers.

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, April 21

7:00pm – Albany Word Fest – Readings Against the End of the World
Husted Hall Café, UAbany Downtown Campus, 135 Western Avenue, Albany
The annual Word Fest Open Mic will be making a few changes this year as Albany Poets and the English Department at UAlbany are reviving the 24-hour reading event, Readings Against the End of the World, to benefit the South End Children’s Café. Online sign-up for individuals is now open! Groups can contact Albany Poets about a larger time slot for multiple poets.

8:00pm – Hudson Valley Writers’ Center Open Mic Night
Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY
Featured Poets + open mike for poets, fiction writers, essayists with rotating hosts. Located in the restored Philipse Manor railroad station, which is approx. 30 miles north of midtown Manhattan and 2.6 miles north of the Tappan Zee Bridge.


Saturday, April 22

7:00pm – Albany Word Fest – 5th Annual Word Fest Invitational Slam 
Troy Kitchen, 77 Congress Street, Troy, NY
The Word Fest comes to an end as Nitty Gritty Slam welcomes poets and slam teams from all over the Northeast to compete in the Word Fest Invitational Slam at Troy Kitchen in downtown Troy.


[su_note note_color=”#F1F1F1″ radius=”0″]If you would like to have your poetry event listed on the Albany Poets Events Calendar, click here and fill out the form to submit your event.[/su_note]