Elizabeth Thomas

The next Third Thursday Poetry Night at the Social Justice Center (33 Central Ave., Albany) is on Thursday, September 15 with an open mic and featured poet Elizabeth Thomas.

Elizabeth Thomas is a widely published poet, performer, teacher and advocate of the arts. The author of two poetry collections and one book on writing for youth and teachers, she has read her work throughout the United States.  She’s been a member of three Connecticut National Poetry Slam teams and in 1998 was a member of the U.S. team that traveled to Sweden.

Much of her energy and time is devoted to designing and teaching writing programs for schools and organizations in many parts of the country. These programs promote literacy and the power of written and spoken word. As an outstanding advocate of youth in the arts, Elizabeth Thomas is a coach and organizer with Brave New Voices: International Youth Poetry Slam and Festival. She is also the founder of UpWords Poetry, a company dedicated to promoting programs for young writers and educators, based on the belief that poetry is meant to be heard out loud and in person.

The Third Thursday series is hosted by Dan Wilcox and has an open mic for community poets before & after. $3.00 donation supports the Poetry Motel Foundation & the Social Justice Center. One of the longest running poetry open mics in the area and definitely worth your time.

Photo credit: Dan Wilcox