On Wednesday, September 4, the long-running Caffe Lena Poetry Open Mic series continues at the historic Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs with featured poet Suzanne Rancourt followed by an open mic for poetry and spoken word.

Suzanne Rancourt is Abenaki/Huron descent from West Central Maine and currently resides in the Adirondack Mountains, NY. Her work appears in many literary journals and anthologies including, You Can Hear the Ocean: AnthologyWomen Speak-Women of Appalachia Project, Tiny Flames Press, Tupelo Press Native Voices Anthology, Bright Hill Press 25th Anniversary Anthology, Slipstream, Journal of Military Experience, and Cimarron Review. Her poetry collection Billboard in the Clouds received the Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas First Book Award, her second, murmurs at the gate, was published by Unsolicited Press in 2019.  She is a USMC and Army veteran and continues to serve as a Mentor for the Saratoga County Veterans’ Peer to Peer program.

This monthly event, hosted by Carol Graser, takes place on the first Wednesday of every month and includes an open mic reading as well as featured poets. Sign up for the open mic starts at 7:00 and readings start at 7:30. Each open mic poet reads two short poems (less than one page) or one longer poem. All styles of poetry are welcome. Admission is $5 general, free for students.

Before the open mic, at 6:00 p.m., there is a Poetry Discussion Group, sponsored by Saratoga Springs Public Library. This month the Poetry Discussion Group will look at and discuss a selection of poems from a renowned poet.