There are a few great poetry events happening this week in the area, from Saratoga to Beacon. Here is a run down of what is going on.

Tuesday, August 2 – Albany Poets Presents at Valentines

image Albany Poets Presents comes to Valentines on the first Tuesday of each month starting at 8:00PM.

Each month we present a 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.

Wednesday, August 3 – Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic

John Roche The first Wednesday of every month Caffè Lena presents: Caffè Lena Poetry Open Mic
7pm sign up, 7:30 readings start
Featured Poet: John Roche
$3
Hosted by Carol Graser
Info: www.caffelena.org or 583-0022

John Roche has published three poetry collections. His latest, Road Ghosts, is now available from theenk Books. He’s edited and co-edited a few anthologies including Doing Time to Cleanse My Mind, a collection of poetry by inmates at Auburn Prison. He’s an Assoiciate Professor of English at RIT and has studied with Robert Creeley and John C. Clarke. Roche’s previous poetry collections, Topicalities (2008) and On Conesus (2005) are available from Foothills Publishing.

Saturday, August 6 – 3rd Annual CAPS Poetry Marathon in Beacon

CAPS Marathon This is a 12-Hour “Calling All Poets” event featuring some of the finest poets and spoken word artists in the state at the Howland Cultural Center (477 Main Street, Beacon, NY). Featured poets include Kevin Kenny, Florence Lenhard, Adam Bradley, Tony Pena, Steve Hirsch, Justin Parinello, Christopher Gazeent, Addison Goodson, Frank Boyer, Janet Hamill & Lost Ceilings, Cheryl A. Rice, Samuel Claiborne, Walter Worden, Sharon Butler, Rebecca Schumejda, Tanya Tyler, Haigan Smith, Don Lev, Teresa Marta Costa, Roberta Gould, Dennis Bressack, Barbara Adams, Franklin Schneider, Jim Kenny , Mary Panza, Jill Crammond, Murrow, Don Levy, RM Englehardt, Raphael Kosek, Sonia Lynch, Lynn Hoins, Adrianna Delgado, Glenn Werner, Ken Holland, Marina Mati, Terence Chiesa, Christopher Wheeling, Jim Eve, and Robert Milby. And if that is not enough, there will also be open mic sessions throughout the day.