So much going on in the local poetry and spoken word community. Here is a look at all of the poetry events, readings, slams, and workshops coming up this week in the region.
Monday, August 20
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. This week’s featured poet is Queen B.
7:30pm – Front Parlor
The Olde English Pub, 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY
A storytelling night at The Olde English Pub with a different theme each month hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk. This month’s theme is “Drugs”.
Drugs have impeccable timing. Arriving just after sex and right before rock and roll, drugs are at the center of nearly all human experience. From that daily hit of caffeine to the once and done LSD experiment, drugs allow us to change how we feel and how we perceive the world. And best of all, drugs create really memorable experiences, and that’s what we look for in a story.
Tuesday, August 21
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 – Colonie Tuesday Night Live Poets’ Corner
William K. Sanford Town Library, 629 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY
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.
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 Slam and Open Mic
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.
Thursday, August 23
6:00pm – Book Reading/Signing by Therese L. Broderick
The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, 1475 Western Avenue, Albany
Albany poet Therese L. Broderick reads from her first full-length collection, Breath Debt: Poems (Page Publishing, 2018).
7:00pm – Rockhill Bakehouse Open Mic
Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe, 19 Exchange Street, Glens Falls, NY
Weekly open mic for musicians and writers.
7:00pm – Hudson River Poets
Newburgh Library, 124 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY
Monthly open mic for poetry and spoken word hosted by Hayden Wayne.
7:30pm – Utica Poets Society Spoken Word Open Mic
Tramontane Cafe, 1105 Lincoln Ave, Utica, NY
Weekly open mic for poetry and spoken word with a non-mandatory theme.
8:00pm – Voice Less Readings
Green Kill Gallery, 229 Greenkill Avenue, Kingston, NY
Voice Less is a weekly reading series hosted by Noah David Roberts focused on giving those who feel like their art is not heard a place where they can share, listen, and become inspired.
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 coffee shops.
Saturday, August 25
6:30pm – Inquiring Minds Bookstore
Inquiring Minds Bookstore, 65 Partition Street, Saugerties, NY
Monthly open mic with featured reader Robert Milby at the beautiful Inquiring Minds Bookstore in Saugerties, hosted by Laura Lonshein Ludwig.