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.
Sunday, February 17
11:00am – Outliers Poetry Brunch
Eden Cafe, 269 Osborne Road, Loudenville, NY
Poets delivering their work on stage in a lovely environment with food and beverages to purchase and enjoy. Hosted by Carol Durant.
Monday, February 18
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.
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.
Tuesday, February 19
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 – 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 – 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 Community
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.
Wednesday, February 20
6:30pm – What is Poetry?
Psychedelicatessen, 275 River St, Troy, NY
Relaxed open mic, hosted by Avery Stempel, in a psychedelic environment. Guests sit in the cozy chairs of the back room and share what they think is poetry usually followed by thoughtful discussion on art, poetry, life, and what it means to create.
7:00pm – BYOV!
The Vinyl Store, 2656 East Main Street, Wappingers Falls, NY
A “Bring Your Own Vinyl, Bring Your Own Voice” open mic hosted by Mike Jurkovic.
Thursday, February 21
6:30pm – Third Thursday Literary Open Mic
The Parlor Cafe, 303 Ashland St, North Adams, MA
All poets have approximately 5-8 minutes(or 2 pieces) depending on the evening. You are encouraged to bring poems, prose, lyrics, essays, etc, be it yours or written by someone else. This is a safe space, come use your beautiful voices!
7:00pm – Third Thursday Poetry Night
Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany, NY
Dan Wilcox hosts this open mic for poetry and spoken word featuring poet Carrie Czwakiel.
7:00pm – Rockhill Bakehouse Open Mic
Rockhill Bakehouse Cafe, 19 Exchange Street, Glens Falls, NY
Weekly open mic for musicians and writers.
7:30pm – Utica Poets Society Spoken Word Open Mic
The Other Side, 2011 Genesee Street, Utica, NY
Weekly open mic for poetry and spoken word with a non-mandatory theme.
8:00pm – Voice Less Readings – Gary Siegel “In the cradle of Silence” Book Launch
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. Gary Siegel will be holding a book event at Voice Less Readings for In the Cradle of Silence, his first publication of poetry.
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, February 23
6:30pm – Inquiring Minds Bookstore
Inquiring Minds Bookstore, 65 Partition Street, Saugerties, NY
Monthly open mic with a featured reader at the beautiful Inquiring Minds Bookstore in Saugerties, hosted by Laura Lonshein Ludwig.