We have another great week of poetry readings, open mics, events, and slams in the area to celebrate and appreciate the art of spoken word. Here is a look at what is coming up in our poetry community this week as we step into April and celebrate National Poetry Month.
Monday, April 1
7:00pm – Words Between the Stacks
Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA
WordXWord presents poetry in, over, under and through the stacks at the Berkshire Athenaeum. Words will fall, fly, crawl, beg for mercy or demand their freedom as poets speak their truth to kick off National Poetry Month.
8:00pm – Club Harmony
The Mothership Gallery, 6 Sgt. Richard Quinn Drive, Woodstock, NY
Weekly poetry open mic, hosted by Michael Platsky, with featured poet Mike Jurkovic.
Tuesday, April 2
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.
7:00pm – Poetry and Short Story Open Mic
Irish Tea Shop, 2460 Route 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 – Northampton Poetry 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.
Wednesday, April 3
6:30pm – CapCity Slam
Albany Barn, 46-48 N. Swan Street, Albany, NY
CapCity Slam takes place on the 1st Wednesdays of every month at Albany Barn, hosted by Amani Olugbala and featuring DJ Poetik Selektions.
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 a featured reading from David Graham.
Thursday, April 4
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.
7:00pm – Noble Coffee Roasters Open Mic
Noble Coffee Roasters, 3020 Routte 207, Campbell Hall, NY
Open mic with featured poets hosted by Robert Milby. This month’s featured reader is James Nicola.
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
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 new coffee shops.
Friday, April 5
6:00pm – Evening Outliers Poetry Brunch
Opalka Gallery at Sage College of Albany, 140 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY
New and established poets in the Capital Region delivering original and established works at the beautiful Opalka Gallery celebrating National Poetry Month.
6:00pm – Northshire Author Event
Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY
A reading by Chase Twichell, Margaret Gibson, and Jessica Hornik.
7:00pm – Elsie’s Poetry Night
Elsie’s Luncheonette, 128 W. Main Street, Goshen, NY
Poetry open mic hosted by Magdalen Radovich with featured poet Elena Botts. Donations appreciated.
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. This month’s featured poets are Noah David Roberts and Thom Francis.