Upcoming Literary Events – Week of December 8, 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.

Be sure to click on the date links for even more events!


Sunday, December 8

2:00 pm – 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.

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, December 9

6:30 pm – Local Author Talk: Lee Anne Morgan
D.R. Evarts Library, 80 Second Street, Athens, NY
Local Author Lee Anne Morgan discusses her memoir “A Time to Mourn & a Time to Dance” at the D.R. Evarts Library on Monday, December 9th.

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 Kwesi Akosa.


Tuesday, December 10

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, 61A Clinton Street, Montgomery, NY
Monthly open mic for poetry and spoken word with featured reader Mona Toscano, 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 Open Mic
World War II Club, 50 Conz St., Northampton, MA
Bring one poem that’s 3 minutes or under and read it on our open mic! No cover charge, but we’ll be passing a bucket to pay the featured poet.


Wednesday, December 11

6:00 pm – Greg Veitch at Northshire Bookstore
Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY
Join author and former Saratoga Springs Police Chief Greg Veitch as he discusses, reads from, and signs his new book “Gangster’s Paradise.” Veitch will share stories of bootlegging, gambling, fixed horse races, corruption and murder from the book.

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
“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. Suggested: $4 / person

7:00pm – 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.


Thursday, December 12

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

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.

7:30 pm – Word of Mouth Poetry Series
Artbar Gallery, 674 Broadway, Kingston, NY
WOMPS: Word Of Mouth Poetry Series is a monthly poetry and spoken word open mic hosted by Teresa Costa. This month’s featured readers are the Women’s Collective.


Friday, December 13

7:00 pm – Hudson Valley Poets’ Poetry Night 
Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Hudson Valley Poets’ Poetry Night an open mic with a featured reader at the Howland Cultural Center on the second Friday of every month, hosted by Hayden Wayne. This month’s featured poet is Robert Milby.

7:00 pm – An Evening with Lauren Acampora and Sandra Newman
Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY


Saturday, December 14

2:00pm – Woodstock Poetry Society
Golden Notebook, 29 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Monthly poetry open mic in beautiful Woodstock, NY hosted by Chronogram Poetry Editor Phillip X Levine with featured poets.

7:00pm – Volume Reading Series
Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street, Hudson, NY
Volume is a FREE reading and music series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set every second Saturday at Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson NY. This month is the 4th Annual Volume Home Team: A Showcase of Local Emerging Talent.


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