We are coming to the end of another great year of poetry and spoken word in upstate New York. We had a lot of wonderful readings and events over the past 12 months and we want to know what your favorites were. Leave a comment and let us know what you thought about the poetry of 2012. Did a particular featured poet stand out? Did a new voice at an open mic make you take notice?
In the meantime we have another full week of events in the area. Here’s a look at the week ahead here in Poetryland…
Monday, December 17
8:00pm – Club Harmony
Wok ‘N Roll Cafe, 52 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY
Weekly poetry open mic with featured reader T. G. Vanini hosted by Michael Platsky.
Tuesday, December 18
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 #33 – The Second WOWps Prelim
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).
Wednesday, December 19
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 Adrianna Delgado.
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 20
7:00pm – Rockhill Bakehouse Open Mic
Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe, 19 Exchange Street, Glens Falls, NY
Weekly open mic for musicians and writers.
7:30pm – Third Thursday Poetry Night
Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave, Albany, NY
A reading by poet Marilyn McCabe, an open mic for community poets, and the annual holiday visit from Sanity Clause with a gift of poetry for all readers hosted by Dan Wilcox. $3.00 Donation.
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 21
8:00pm – Hudson Valley Writers’ Center
Featured Poets and open mic (5-min. limit) for poets, fiction writers, essayists with rotating hosts.
Located in the restored Philipse Manor railroad station, which is approx. 30 miles north of midtown Manhattan and 2.6 miles north of the Tappan Zee Bridge. For directions and more information on the Writers’ Center, go to www.writerscenter.org.
Saturday, December 22
5:00pm – Heyday Poetry Series
Half Moon Books, 35 North Front Street, Kingston, NY
The Heyday Poetry Series at Half-Moon Books is every 4th Saturday of each month, hosted by Chris Wood. Open mic follows featured poet, suggested donation of $3.00 to support the feature. Acoustic music is also welcome! Come and share something with us, or just enjoy the performances and refreshments.
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.