Albany Poets Even in the summer, the Albany poetry scene is very active. We have some great readings and open mics coming up in the next couple of days. So, if you are looking for something to do on a hot summer evening in upstate New York, here are a couple of events to put on your calendar.

Saturday brings us to the end of the 2010 Poets in the Park series. Poets Susan Deer Cloud and Guy Reed will be bringing their words to Washington Park. Dan Wilcox has brought in some great poets this year and we thank him for this wonderful summer series and tradition.

Poets in the Park 2010

Saturdays in July at the Robert Burns statue, Washington Park, Albany, NY (at Henry Johnson Blvd. & Hudson Ave.)

July 31, 7PM – Susan Deer Cloud and Guy Reed

Free! & open to the public (just like the park)

Bring a chair or blanket to sit on

Rain site: the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave.

Sponsored by the Poetry Motel Foundation & the Hudson Valley Writers Guild. For information call 482-0262

And then on Tuesday the poetry continues with an open mic at Valentines. Albany Poets returns to our favorite beer and rock club for our monthly No Gimmick Open Mic.

Albany Poets Presents

Albany Poets Presents, hosted by El Presidente Thom Francis returns to Valentines on the first Tuesday of each month starting at 8:00PM.

This month we are presenting another No Gimmick Open Mic. Poets, musicians, comedians, spoken word artists are all invited to take the stage at Valentines.

Come over and join local poets and spoken word artists for an evening of conversation, cocktails, coffee, and, of course, poetry.

Sign up begins at 7:00PM, open mic starts at 8:00PM. There is a $3.00 suggested donation for this event. Albany Poets Presents takes place at Valentines Music Hall (17 New Scotland Ave.) on the first Tuesday of each and every month.