Poets Speak LoudPoets Speak Loud poetry open mic is coming back to Tess’ Lark Tavern on Monday, March 29 with featured poet AVERY.

POETS SPEAK LOUD takes place at Tess’ Lark Tavern (453 Madison Ave., Albany). Signup starts at 7:00PM, poetry starts at 8:00PM

Avery Stempel has been writing poetry and reading at open mics for over a decade. His poetry writing stemmed from living with a great group of writers throughout his undergraduate studies at Siena College with whom he wrote and shared often. He was a featured performer at the Siena Earth Day celebration in 1998 where he read poetry for 40 minutes after co-performing with a college band that had composed some music to go along with one of his poems, “Blossoming Flower.” Since his college days he has written off and on, but nothing serious until November of 2008 when he began attending a Troy open mic event at Oliver’s Naturals, a vegetarian café. Being surrounded by an engaging circle of artists once again he began writing and performing regularly. In January of 2009 he reconnected with his poet friends from Siena College via an online poetry exchange that has grown to become “Different States of Poetry.” This collaborative group of writers co-creates a poem every month. There is currently a facebook group “Different States of Poetry” where the poets of the group can share their work and create collaborative poems. Avery has never had any collected works published, but has volumes upon volumes of poetry he has written. He currently works at RPI in the Experimental Media Performing Arts Center.