Upcoming Literary Events – Week of November 10, 2019

So much going on in the local literary, 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.


Sunday, November 10

2:00pm – 2nd Sunday @ 2 – Poetry + Prose
The Arts Center of The Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY
A monthly open mic for writers of poetry and prose on the 2nd Sunday of each month at The Arts Center of The Capital Region with your hosts Nancy Klepsch and Dan Wilcox.

2:00 pm – Kevin Wilson signs and discusses, Sully’s Squad
The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, 1475 Western Avenue, Albany, NY
Sully’s Squad is not only a World War II epic, but also a moving coming-of-age tale, told through the eyes of fifteen-year-old Arty, who lies about his age to enlist, and a chance meeting in a cathedral garden with a young postulant Angelina turns into a romance.

3:00 pm – Poets’ Corner Open Mic
Tompkins Corners Cultural Center, 729 Peekskill Hollow Road, Putnam Valley, NY
Monthly Open Mic for writers and readers of spoken word of all types every 2nd Sunday. Featured reader, then mic is open to all!


Monday, November 11

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. This week’s featured poet is Dan Wilcox.



Tuesday, November 12

4:15 pm – Pamela Newkirk at UAlbany
UAlbany Campus Center, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY
Pamela Newkirk, award-winning journalist and author and professor of journalism at NYU,  presents Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business (2019), a landmark survey of recent efforts to bring racial equality to America’s major corporations and institutions.

7:00 pm – Bennington Poetry / Spoken Word Open Mic
The Tap House, 309 County St. Bennington, VT
A monthly open mic for poetry and spoken word hosted by Charlie Rossiter.

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 – Poetry Night at Montgomery Book Exchange
Montgomery Book Exchange, 13 Union Street, Montgomery, NY
Monthly open mic for poetry and spoken word with featured readers Susan Erny and Stephen Erny, hosted by Walter Pahucki.

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 – Northampton Poetry Community
World War II Club, 50 Conz St., Northampton, MA
At the Northampton Poetry Community open mic, each month they bring you a spotlight feature from a local poet. This month the featured poet is Eric Wasileski.


Wednesday, November 13

6:00 pm – Wednesday Words
Umana Restaurant & Wine Bar, 236 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY
Every second Wednesday Umana hosts open mic poetry. No cover. Acoustic music, storytelling, drumming, etc also welcome.

6:30 pm – Wednesday’s Milkweed Poetry
Milkweed Sugar Loaf, 2 & 3 Romer’s Alley, Chester, NY
A weekly gathering with a new featured poet each week. Bring a dish to share if you’d like. Suggested: $4 / person

7:00 pm – 2nd Wednesday Poetry
C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios, 137 State Street, Schenectady, NY
Featured writers + open mic for poetry, short prose, and mixed media. Signups for the open mic start at 7:00, readings start at 7:30. Facilitated by Jackie Craven with rotating hosts. This month’s featured poets are Ken Holland and Mike Jurkovic.


Thursday, November 14

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!

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 – Word of Mouth Poetry Series
Artbar Gallery, 674 Broadway, Kingston, NY
Featured poets Suzanne Bottigliero and T.G. Vanini plus an Open Poetry Reading w/ a 5-minute limit. Wine & tea avail. $3.00 suggested donation. Hosted by Teresa Costa.

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, November 15

7:00 pm – Connecting the Dots Story Slam
Dottie’s, 444 North Street, Pittsfield, MA
Story Slam? – A story slam is a storytelling competition open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the event’s theme. Stories are scored by volunteer judges from the audience. Typical story slams are fast paced and high spirited with widely ranging responses to the theme. For November the theme is “Connecting the Dots.”

8:00 pm – 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, November 16

11:00 am – HVWG Poetry Contest Winners and Reading
Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY
The Hudson Valley Writers Guild is pleased to announce this year’s poetry contest winners – Paul Lamar, G.E. Reed, Karen Schoemer, Margaret McGowan, Deyva Arthur, and Mary K. Jablonski.

7:00 pm – Mudd Poets Poetry Series 
Mudd Puddle Cafe, 10 Main Street, New Paltz, NY
Monthly poetry open mic series with featured poets, hosted by Robert Milby.


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