On Monday, May 21 we will be hosting a special edition of Poets Speak Loud at McGeary’s. For this one night only poetry and spoken word will be mixed with the music of the Rambling Jug Stompers.

This month our Featured Poet at Poets Speak Loud on the the Albany Poets website is Carlos Garcia

Carlos Ray Garcia was born June 19, 1984 in a small farmhouse in West Potsdam, NY. He is the second born of four, with one older sister and a younger brother and sister. His fulltime profession is that of a financial analyst with General Electric as well as a soldier in the NY Army National Guard.

Carlos was introduced to spoken word during his undergrad tenure at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. After helping to organize a spoken word/poetry show called Beatless, Carlos fell in love with the art of spoken word and befriended a young poet named Sofia Snow, who through the Critical Breakdown program, immersed Carlos into the world of spoken word.

It was in the fall of 2010 after returning back to upstate NY and performing at a couple of random shows that Carlos was introduced to Urban Guerilla Theater by Darian “Poetyc Visionz” Gooden and his life was changed. Since his first performance and induction into the group Carlos has been a constant face on the UGT stage as well as stages at colleges and coffee shops all over NY.

Carlos’s poetry deals mainly with the human internal condition. Touching on internal struggles and providing inspiration, wisdom, spirituality and practicality to help the audience continually challenge themselves to improve. He feels like that is his reason for writing and reciting and consistently pushes the edges of his style and material to find creative ways to bring a message across.

If you want to a sneak preview of Carlos’ poetry, you can check out his page. Each month you will be able to read more about the Poets Speak Loud featured poet by going to albanypoets.com/poets and going to the Featured Poet section.

Poets Speak Loud is a monthly open mic for poetry and spoken word with a featured poet hosted by local poet Mary Panza at McGeary’s (4 Clinton Square, Albany) in downtown Albany.

This event usually takes place on the last Monday of the month, but in May, due to the Memorial Day holiday, we are doing it a week early. Also, this month we are teaming up with the Rambling Jug Stompers for a special night of music, poetry, and spoken word.

Sign-up for the open mic is 7:00pm, we start around 8pm