As you may have heard, the local arts community suffered a major setback yesterday morning with the fire at Tess’ Lark Tavern.  The damage was extensive, but the structure of the building is still in tact.  Due to that tragic event, we at Albany Poets have decided to suspend our open mic POETS SPEAK LOUD.  PSL was born at Tess’.  It is part of the integrity of the Lark and we would not feel comfortable temporarily moving the event to another venue.  In the coming weeks and months, we will be working very closely with Tess and her dedicated staff  in the rebuilding, renovating and reopening of the Lark.  Albany Poets is in this for the long haul.  We will be planning events down the road based on the wants and needs of Tess and the staff.  In the meantime, there are a number of sites available if you wish to donate as well as benefits planned.

We will be continuing ALBANY POETS PRESENTS: NO GIMMICKS OPEN MIC, at Valentine’s on the first Tuesday of each month and PROFESSOR JAVA’S WIDE OPEN MIC  at Professor Java’s, on the second Monday of each month.  We will be updating throughout the process of rebuilding and the next POETS SPEAK LOUD will be a huge event.  We look forward to this process and rebirth.

Thom Francis
Mary Panza
Keith Spencer