Tom Nattell

Tom Nattell Memorial Beret Toss & Zoom Open Mic

The Annual Tom Nattell Memorial Beret Toss will take place on Monday, January 25, 2021 at 6:00PM at the Robert Burns Statue in Washington Park, Albany, NY. 

There will be a brief ceremony to honor the memory & the work of the late Albany poet & activist Tom Nattell who died on the last Monday of January 2005.  Each year since then poets & friends have gathered at the Robert Burns statue to leave a candle, flowers, say a few words & toss a beret unto the statue, to remember Tom’s contribution to the local arts scene, including founding Poets in the Park, a poetry series held at the Robert Burns statue in July that is ongoing. Please wear a mask & maintain social distancing & dress for the weather.

Following the Beret Toss there will be an open mic on Zoom starting at 7:30PM(see the link below).

Tom Nattell started the poetry open mic at the QE2 in Albany in 1988 & is considered by many the “grandfather” of the busy poetry scene here. At the Zoom open mic you may read up to 2 poems, any topic, any theme. In Tom’s memory I ask, if you can, to make a donation to the Homeless Action Committee (Joseph’s House & Shelter, based in Troy, has taken over the day-to-day operation of H.A.C. in Albany) in Tom’s memory. For the open mic shoes & pants are optional.


Tom Nattell


Topic: Tom Nattell Memorial Open Mic

Time: Jan 25, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 844 2492 3818

Passcode: 655918

One tap mobile

+16465588656,,84424923818#,,,,*655918# US (New York)

+13017158592,,84424923818#,,,,*655918# US (Washington D.C)

Dial by your location

        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C)

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

        +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)

        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

Meeting ID: 844 2492 3818

Passcode: 655918

Find your local number:




Jan 25 2021


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

More Info

Zoom Link
Dan Wilcox


Dan Wilcox
Zoom Link

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *