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Happy New Year! Welcome to 2014 and we have a lot of great events, readings, and projects coming up in the next few months. Our first event of the year is this Tuesday, January 7, with NGS #61 at Valentine’s with a very special featured performance from Def Poet Gemineye.

Next Saturday, January 18 we are hosting a night of poetry, spoken word, and community at The Linda for the first Albany Poets Presents. This show will be a “re-launch” of sorts for Albany Poets and a fund raiser for the coming year. Come out and support the great poetry and spoken word scene that we have here in Albany.

Here’s the full lineup of what is going on the our community this coming week…

Monday, January 6

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 7

7:00pm – Club Helsinki Open Mic
Club Helsinki, 405 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY
A weekly open mic for music, performance, and poetry on the incredible Club Helsinki stage.

7:00pm – Nitty Gritty Slam #61 – Kicking Off 2014 With Featured Poet Gemineye
Valentine’s, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY
We are back at Valentine’s on Tuesday, December 17 for the first Nitty Gritty Slam of 2014 with a featured performance from Def Poet Gemineye. 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). This is an 18+ show.

7:00pm – Emack and Bolio’s Open Mic Night
Emack & Bolio’s, Delaware Ave., Albany, NY
A weekly open mic for music and poetry

8:00pm – Northampton Poetry Open Mic
Hinge, 48 Main St., Northampton, MA
Northampton’s only weekly open mic poetry night offers some of the best, most creative voices in the county. Every Tuesday night at 8:00pm. Come down and listen. Come down and share your words. Academic or slam, spoken word or political: Your words are welcome.

 

Wednesday, January 8

7:00pm – Live From The Living Room
The Pride Center, 332 Hudson Ave., NY
Monthly poetry open mic with a featured reader hosted by Don Levy.

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 Brian LaPoint and Joshua Gruft.

 

Thursday, January 9

7:00pm – Rockhill Bakehouse Open Mic
Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe, 19 Exchange Street, Glens Falls, NY
Weekly open mic for musicians and writers.

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.

 

Friday, January 10

7:00pm – Writers Night at Cafe Mezzaluna
Cafe Mezzaluna, 626 Route 212, Saugerties, NY
Poets and writers are invited to read at this monthly open mic series hosted by Leslie Gerber.

8:00pm – The Parlor Cafe Open Mic
The Parlor Cafe, 303 Ashland Street, North Adams, MA
A weekly open mic each and every Friday at the Parlor Cafe in North Adams for poets, musicians, and artists. Signup at the bar and get ready for the show, starting at 8:00pm.

 

Saturday, January 11

2:00pm – Woodstock Poetry Society
Woodstock Community Center, 56 Rock City Road, Woodstock, NY
Monthly poetry open mic in beautiful Woodstock, NY hosted by Chronogram Poetry Editor Phil Levine with featured poets.

7:00pm – Poetry at the UUC
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Kingston, 320 Sawkill Road, Kingston, NY
A monthly poetry open mic with featured readers 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.

If you would like to have your poetry event listed on AlbanyPoets.com, send an email to albanypoets+events@gmail.com with the date and details.