Welcome to the holiday season in upstate New York. We survived Thanksgiving and the November edition of Poets Speak Loud this past Monday, now we look forward to another great week of poetry and spoken word kicking off the month of December. Things really heat up in the middle of the week with Nitty Gritty Slam on Tuesday night with featured poet Influence and the continue on Wednesday up in Saratoga at Caffe Lena with featured poets Thom Francis and Lynn Ciesielski.
Here is what is coming up in Poetryland…
Monday, December 3
8:00pm – Club Harmony
Wok ‘N Roll Cafe, 52 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY
Weekly poetry open mic with featured reader hosted by Michael Platsky.
Tuesday, December 4
7:00pm – Emack and Bolio’s Open Mic Night
Emack & Bolio’s, Delaware Ave., Albany, NY
A weekly open mic for music and poetry
7:30pm – Nitty Gritty Slam #32 – The Open Slam Returns
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 poet at this slam is Influence.
Wednesday, December 5
7:00pm – Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, NY
Open mic for poetry and spoken word hosted by Carol Graser. This month’s featured poets are Thom Francis and Lynn Ciesielski.
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, December 6
7:00pm – Rockhill Bakehouse Open Mic
Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe, 19 Exchange Street, Glens Falls, NY
Weekly open mic for musicians and writers
7:00pm – Noble Coffee Roasters
Noble Coffee Roasters, 3020 Route 207, Campbell Hall, NY
Open mic with two featured readers hosted by Robert Milby.
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, December 7
8:00pm – Calling All Poets
Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main St., Beacon, NY
Open mic for poetry with featured poets hosted by Jim Eve.
Saturday, December 8
2:00pm – Woodstock Poetry Society
Colony Cafe, 22 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY
Monthly poetry open mic in beautiful Woodstock, NY hosted by Chronogram Poetry Editor Phil Levine with featured poets Rebecca Schumejda and Mike Jurkovic.
7:00pm – Poetry at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Kingston, 320 Sawkill Rd, Kingston N
Monthly series for poetry and spoken word with featured poets Leslie Gerber and Nina Jecker Byrne hosted by Annie LaBarge.
For a full listing of all of the poetry and spoken word events in upstate New York, head over to the events calendar page. And if you live in the Western Massachusetts / Connecticut area, be sure to check out Lori Desrosiers‘ Poetry News Calendar.
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