The upcoming week is jammed packed with poetry events in all over upstate New York. No one can say that poetry is not living and breathing around here. Here’s is a look at the week ahead…
Sunday, October 14
2:00pm – Poetry + Prose
The Arts Center of The Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY
A monthly open mic for writers of poetry and prose on the 2nd Sunday of each month with your hosts Nancy Klepsch and Dan Wilcox.
Monday, October 15
6:30pm – Ben & Jerry’s Open Mic
Ben & Jerry’s, 250 Lark Street, Albany, NY 12210
A new monthly open mic series for poetry, music, and spoken word at Ben & Jerry’s on Lark Street hosted by Laura Baboulis.
7:00pm – Front Parlor Series
Olde English Pub, 683 Broadway, Quackenbush Sq., Albany, NY
At Front Parlor, hosted by Abby Lublin., storytellers volunteer their names in a can, and the MC selects the order at random. (Bribes encouraged.) Tellers share 5-minute stories based on a common theme. Front Parlor also features “Flash Nonfiction”- 1-2 sentence, audience-submitted stories responding to a prompt based on the evening’s theme. Flash nonfiction is a relatively painless way to share your stories.
8:00pm – Saint Poem Reading Series
UAG Gallery, 247 Lark Street, Albany
Monthly open mic for poetry and spoken word on Lark Street hosted by local Albany poet R.M. Engelhardt.
8:00pm – Club Harmony
Wok ‘N Roll Cafe, 52 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY
Weekly poetry open mic with featured readers Roberta Gould and Robert Milby hosted by Michael Platsky.
Tuesday, October 16
7:00pm – Emack and Bolio’s Open Mic Night
Emack & Bolio’s, Delaware Ave., Albany, NY
A weekly open mic for music and poetry.
7:00pm – Colonie Tuesday Night Live Poets’ Corner
Colonie Town Library, Maxwell Rd, Colonie
Local poets and writers of all ages are invited to present six to ten minutes of their original work at this open reading forum. The public is encouraged to stop in and listen. Hosted by William Robert Foltin.
7:30pm – Nitty Gritty Slam #28
Valentines, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany
Albany Poets, Urban Guerilla Theatre, and The Frequency North Reading Series are bringing slam back to Albany with the NITTY GRITTY SLAM on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday’s of each month. If you’re not into slam, but want to get on stage and share your work, we have an open mic before the slam. Sign up begins at 7PM, open mic starts at 7:30, and the slam starts at 8PM. Admission is $5.00 ($3.00 with student ID). The featured poets for NGS #28 will be Meg Waldon and Robyn Bateman.
Wednesday, October 17
7:00pm – Bank Square Coffeehouse
The Bank Square Coffeehouse, 129 Main Street, Beacon, NY
Monthly open mic hosted by Adrianna Delgado and Glenn Werner with featured poet Jim Kenny.
8:00pm – Pauly’s Hotel Open Mic Night
Pauly’s Hotel, 337 Central Ave., Albany, NY
Poetry, Music, Comedy and more take center stage at Pauly’s weekly Open Mic Night hosted by Keith Spencer.
Thursday, October 18
7:00pm – Rockhill Bakehouse Open Mic
Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe, 19 Exchange Street, Glens Falls, NY
Weekly open mic for musicians and writers.
7:30pm – Frequency North
Standish Rooms, second floor of the Events and Activities Center, 420 Western Avenue, Albany, NY
Frequency North: The Visiting Writers Reading Series at The College of Saint Rose Frequency North presents Anne Trubek as part of the College-wise National Day on Writing festivities, presented by The Writing Center and the Writing Across the Curriculum Committee.
7:30pm – Third Thursday Poetry Open Mic
Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave, Albany, NY
Open Mic (1 poem) with a featured poet hosted by Dan Wilcox.
8:00pm – Starving Artist Thursdays
Hudson River Coffee House, 227 Quail Street, Albany, NY 12203
A weekly open Mic for music, poetry, and spoken word at one of Albany’s best new coffee shops.
8:00pm – The Safe Haven
The Book Club, 153 S. Pearl Street., Albany, NY
A positive poetry open mic series hosted by Poetyc Visionz with a new theme every week.
Friday, September 21
9:00pm – Urban Guerilla Theatre
The Linda, 339 Central Ave., Albany, NY
Urban Guerilla Theatre is a Poetry/Spoken Word/ Performance Group based in Albany,NY. The collective consists of Artists and Actors who do poetry/improv/theatre. The Artists of UGT are dedicated to reviving, redefining, and revolutionizing spoken word. The group employs various styles of poetry, music, spoken word and theatre to address life, love, relationships, social and societal issues. UGT also uses their open mic readings to host events and create an artistic space to house and develop artists and upcoming poets.
This month’s UGT presents the annual Masquerade Ball featuring Verbal Slap, the Conneticut slam team and performances by Neeco Piper, Quinn Piper, Leo D’Juan, Alicia Ortiz, Christina Leone, Lady T, Erica Johnson, Carlos Gaston, Loyal Mindset, JB, and more.
Saturday, October 20
2:00pm – Woodstock Poetry Society
Colony Cafe, 22 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY 12498
Monthly poetry open mic in beautiful Woodstock, NY hosted by Chronogram Poetry Editor Phil Levine with featured poets Adrianna Delgado and marina mati.
7:00pm – COW (Chronogram Open Word)
Outdated Cafe, 314 Wall St., Kingston
COW (Chronogram Open Word): Poetry/Prose/Performance is hosted by Chronogram’s poetry editor Phillip Levine with featured poet Jacqueline Ahl.
7:00pm – Mudd Poets Reading Series
Mudd Puddle Cafe, 10 Main Street, New Paltz, NY
Poetry open mic hosted by Robert Milby with featured poet Adrianna Delgado.
If we are missing anything on this list, check out the full events calendar. If you would like to have your poetry event listed on AlbanyPoets.com, send an email to email@example.com with the details.