So much going on in the local poetry and spoken word community as National Poetry Month 2017 begins. Here is a look at all of the poetry events, readings, slams, and workshops coming up this week in the region.
Sunday, April 2
2:00pm – Favorite Poem Project
Conkling Hall, 8 Methodist Hill Road, Rensselaerville, NY
What’s YOUR favorite poem? Come read it at the 12th Annual Favorite Poem Project. People of all ages are invited to participate in this Rensselaerville tradition of celebrating Poetry Month, emceed by Claire North.
Monday, April 3
7:00pm – Poetic Vibe
Troy Kitchen, 77 Congress Street, Troy, NY
Poetic Vibe is a weekly Poetry Open Mic with featured local and regional poets hosted by D. Colin in downtown Troy.
Tuesday, April 4
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
The Low Beat, 335 Central Ave., Albany, NY
Season Six of Albany’s poetry slam continues with a night of dynamic poetry and spoken word with a featured performer and an open mic.
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 – Poetry and Short Story Open Mic
Irish Tea Shop, 2460 Rourte 145, East Durham, NY
All are welcome to join the monthly Poetry & Short Story Evenings that will be held on 1st Tuesday of Every Month at the Irish Tea Shop.
8:00pm – Club Harmony Poetry Series
Wok ‘N Roll Cafe, 52 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock, NY
A weekly poetry and spoken word open mic series hosted by Michael Platsky with featured poet Karen Herceg.
8:00pm – Northampton Poetry Last Chance Slam and Featured Poet Robert Lashley
World War II Club, 50 Conz 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. This week’s featured poet is Robert Lashley.
Wednesday, April 5
7:00pm – Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic
Caffè Lena, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, NY
Open mic for poetry and spoken word hosted by Carol Graser at the historic Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs with featured poet Phillip Levine.
Thursday, April 6
6:30pm – Albany Area Poetry Chat
Honest Weight Food Coop, 100 Watervliet Avenue, Albany, NY
The ”Albany Area Poetry Chat” is open to the public, free, and meets in public cafe of Honest Weight Food Coop to discuss poetry and literature.
6:30pm – Teen Poetry & Spoken Word Showcase
Mamakating Library, 128 Sullivan Street, Wurtsboro, NY
Teen and adult poets and writers of all levels, the Mamakating Library wants YOU to come share your talent with the community and join us for the official opening of the search for a Town of Mamakating Poet Laureate!
7:00pm – Noble Coffee Roasters Open Mic
Noble Coffee Roasters, 3020 Routte 207, Campbell Hall, NY
Open mic with featured poets Gloria Winter and David Messineo, guest-hosted by Ted Gill.
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
A weekly open Mic for music, poetry, and spoken word at one of Albany’s best new coffee shops.
Friday, April 7
7:00pm – Nitty Gritty Presents: “Crevices of Creation”
Sunhee’s Farm and Kitchen, 95 Ferry Street, Troy, NY
“Crevices of Creation” is the first of our Create & Chat series: an intimate, workshop and performance event. Let the art of iconic women guide your collaborative creations during a workshop/skillshare followed by a poetry showcase where the audience can have an intimate conversation with some of the area’s finest poets, who are women, about their process and the meaning of their work beyond the surface.
7:30pm – Calling All Poets
The Roost, 69 Main Street, New Paltz, NY
Calling All Poets is a monthly open mic series, hosted by Jim Eve, Mike Jurkovic, and Robert Milby, with featured readers Greg Correll and Nina Robbins.
Saturday, April 8
2:00pm – Woodstock Poetry Society
Golden Notebook, 29 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Monthly poetry open mic in beautiful Woodstock, NY hosted by Chronogram Poetry Editor Phil Levine with featured poets.
7:00pm – Volume Reading Series
Spotty Dog Books & Ale, 440 Warren Street, Hudson, NY
Volume is a FREE reading and music series featuring prose, poetry, and a short DJ set every second Saturday at Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson NY. This month’s featured performers are Melissa Febos and Paul La Farge.