We are now full steam ahead into 2013 and the poetry community is staring the year off strong. We have had some great open mics and events so far. NGS kicked things off on Jan 1, and then the party moved up to Saratoga with Cheryl Rice and Tess Lecuyer featuring at Caffe Lena.
This coming week is packed with poetry. Seven solid days of spoken word. Here is a look at what is going on and how you can (and should) be a part of it.
Sunday, January 13
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, January 14
8:00pm – Club Harmony
Wok ‘N Roll Cafe, 52 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY
Weekly poetry open mic with a featured reader hosted by Michael Platsky.
Tuesday, January 15
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 #35 – The Third and Final WOWps Prelim and Featured Poet McPherson
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, January 16
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 a featured poet.
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, January 17
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 Tamara Gabbard, 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, January 18
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, January 19
7:00pm – Mudd Poets Reading Series
Mudd Puddle Cafe, 10 Main Street, New Paltz, NY
Poetry open mic hosted by Robert Milby with a featured poet.
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.
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.