2008 Albany Word Fest So far this years Albany Word Fest (This Weekend! April 18-19) is looking like it will be the biggest and best yet!

Four days until the 2008 Albany Word Fest and there is still time to sign up online for the Friday Night Open Mic at the UAG Gallery.  So far there are 75 poets signed up for the open mic with the online signup closing tomorrow evening.  Poets who do not sign up online will be able to sign up at the open mic at the UAG on Friday night.

Also, we are very excited to announce THE POET ESSENCE will be performing at the Psycho Cluster F#*k on Saturday night.  The Poet Essence is one of Albany’s best spoken word artists and it is a real honor to have her as part of this years event.

Saturday’s annual Psycho Cluster F#* will also be featuring The Johnny Bravehearts (Mary Panza, John Weiler, Monica Roach), The House Band of the Apocalypse (Thom Francis, K.J. Spencer, Aaron Christiansen), a multimedia performance from poet Nicole K with VJ Fongaboo of Twisted Pair Visuals, plus more acts to be announced this week…

The 2008 Albany Word Fest will also be the place to grab your copy of the long awaited, much anticipated OTHER:NINE.   The ninth issue of our litery magazine will be available featuring Maria Barr, Shuan Baxter, Chris Brabham, Seth Brown, Scott Casale, Michael J. Conner, Stephen H. Donohue, Tom Harmon, Nicole Karas, Adam Kress, Penny Meacham-Cornelius, Lisa Nolan, T. Kilgore Splake, Leigh Vandebogart, Dan Wilcox, and Hollice Danielle Wiles. Plus, an updated listing of all of the poetry readings and open mics in the area, the return of Miss Mona, and more.

We will launching some new features on the Albany Poets website for the Word Fest including an online open mic, a new look for the OTHER: site, and updated poets profiles and poems.

For more information on the 2008 Albany Word Fest and to sign up for the open mic, go to www.albanywordfest.com