Upcoming Literary Events – Week of September 22, 2019

We have another great week of readings, open mics, events, workshops, and slams in the area to celebrate the literary arts. Here is a look at what is coming up in our community this week…


Sunday, September 22

2:00 pm – Poetry & Prose Open Mic + Poet Laureate Award
Dorn Space, 99 North Main Street, Gloversville, NY
Calling all writers and spoken word artists. If you’ve got something you’d like to say or read, this is your opportunity to express yourself. You’ve got five minutes to make yourself heard. In addition, a new Dorn Space Poet Laureate will be chosen among the day’s open mic participants.

4:00 pm – An Evening with Sean Thomas Dougherty, Jeffrey McDaniel, and Michelle Whittaker
Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY
An Evening with Sean Thomas Dougherty, Jeffrey McDaniel, and Michelle Whittaker at the Hudson Valley Writers Center.


Monday, September 23

6:15 pm – Shut Up & Write!: Albany
William K. Sanford Town Library, 629 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY
Be it a book, blog, script, essay, dissertation, resume, melody, poem or just plain work stuff, you are invited to write it. No one will see what you’ve written or give you unsolicited advice.

7:00 pm – 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.


Tuesday, September 24

7:00 pm – 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.

7:00 pm – Emack and Bolio’s Open Mic Night
Emack & Bolio’s, Delaware Ave., Albany, NY
A weekly open mic for music and poetry.

7:00 pm – Rensselaerville Library Poetry Group
Rensselaerville Library, 1459 County Route 351, Rensselaerville, NY
Bring your poem and receive feedback from fellow poets, or just share your words at the Rensselaerville Library Poetry Group on the Second and Fourth Tuesdays of each month.

7:00 pm – Storytelling Open Mic Night
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, NY
Storytellers of all styles and levels of experience are welcome! Enjoy an evening of true stories, traditional tales, myths, fables, family stories and more. A featured storyteller performs for 30 minutes and open mic tellers have 10 minutes each.

7:00 pm – Northampton Poetry Community Poetry Circle and Potluck
World War II Club, 50 Conz St., Northampton, MA
Northampton Poetry Community presents it’s fourth Tuesday free community potluck and poetry circle.


Wednesday, September 25

6:30 pm – Wednesday’s Milkweed Poetry
Milkweed Sugar Loaf, 2 & 3 Romer’s Alley, Chester, NY
“Make poems, hear Poems, Share Poems.” A weekly gathering with a new featured poet each week. Bring a dish to share if you’d like.

7:30 pm – School of Night
The Berlin, 2 King Street, Troy, NY
The School of Night – An Open Mic For Poets, Poetry & The Spoken Word with Featured Poets – hosted by R.M. Engelhardt, will take place on the last Wednesday of each month at The Berlin.


Thursday, September 26

8:00 am – Shut Up and Write: Great Barrington
Fuel, 293 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA
Come work on your book, blog, essay, etc., and get feedback and support from fellow writers. Or if you prefer not to share your work, that’s fine too. The goal here is to write write write!

4:15 pm – Ijeoma Oluo Bestselling Author Craft Talk
SUNY Albany Uptown Campus, Multipurpose Room, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY
Ijeoma Oluo is the author of the New York Times bestseller, So You Want to Talk About Race (paperback 2019), a frank how-to manual for engaging in conversation about one of the most sensitive issues of our time.

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

7:00 pm – Hudson River Poets
Newburgh Free Library, 124 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY
Established and emerging poets are welcome to join the Hudson River Poets at their monthly meeting. You can choose to just listen to local poets, or if you’re feeling brave,  bring your own poem to share!

7:30 pm – #Poemsprosedialogue
Towne Crier Cafe, 379 Main Street, Beacon
Featured poets and storytellers and open mic perform their work and sinus it with the audience. #Poemsprosedialogue is a performance/salon event.

7:30 pm – Utica Poets Society Spoken Word Open Mic
The Other Side, 2011 Genesee Street, Utica, NY
Weekly open mic for poetry and spoken word with a non-mandatory theme.


Friday, September 27

10:00 am – Power Writing
Tech Valley Center of Gravity, 30 3rd Street, Troy, NY
The Troy Creative Writing Meetup brings you this weekly gathering where you’ll share your work and progress with other writers. Each session gives you the chance to give and take constructive feedback and engage in productive workshops, with hopes that you’ll leave with new pages accomplished. Bring your writing tools, a creative mind, and be ready to write!


Saturday, September 28

10:00 pm – Explore Your Poetic Self
The Arts Center of The Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY
Anyone can write poetry. In this workshop, led by Julie Lomoe, there are no “good” or “bad” poems. Explore ways of transforming our experiences into poems in a variety of forms including haiku, list, dream and fantasy poems. You’ll receive gentle guidance and learn techniques to use long into the future.

1:00 pm – “No Excuses: Writing and Selling Your Book” 1-Day Writing Course
Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy, NY
Instructor Pauline Bartel will discuss the step-by-step process of transforming an idea into a published book, including creating a book proposal, finding agents and publishers and guiding a book to publishing success. One-on-one consulting with the instructor after the course about book projects helps students realize publishing dreams.

2:00 pm – Poetry for an Autumn Afternoon
Woodbury Library, 16 County Rte 105, Highland Mills, NY
“Poetry for an Autumn Afternoon” with Robert Milby, Orange County Poet Laureate (2017-2019). Q&A session will follow the reading. Books will be available for purchase from the author. Light refreshments served.

4:00 pm – Bi-Weekly Writer’s Critique
Tech Valley Center of Gravity, 30 3rd Street, Troy, NY
This is a bi-weekly gathering where local writers engage in constructive feedback and criticism of each others’ work. Bring whatever piece you’re working on and prepare for a helpful and productive discussion.


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