Elizabeth Gordon reading at The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY

Talking Slam Poetry, Sharpening Metaphors, and Cultivating Community with Elizabeth Gordon


Elizabeth Gordon is a poet, artist, educator, and now an organizer and host of a monthly poetry slam series at Cafe Euphoria in Troy.

In September 2011, she came across an event listed on the Albany Poets website that looked interesting that was taking place at Valentines – a gritty rock and roll club in Albany – and she decided to check it out. What she didn’t know was that open mic and poetry slam would change her writing forever.

At that open mic, she read two poems composed from the text on the back of an aspirin bottle & Murphy’s Oil Soap. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Elizabeth Gordon has since taken first place at many slams in the area and was on the first team to ever represent Albany at the National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2012. She has gone on to perform all over the country wowing crowds with her wordplay and imagery. In her free time, when she is not writing and planning poetry events, she is painting as well as teaching online courses at Northampton Community College.

Slam Euphoric! takes place on the first Friday of every month at Cafe Euphoria, at 225 River Street in downtown Troy.

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