2018 Albany Word Fest

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Albany Poets is proud to present the 2018 Albany Word Fest featuring the poetry and spoken word of upstate New York. This year’s event will take place Monday, April 16 – Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Whether you would like to take in a featured performance, celebrate the launch of the sixth edition of Up The River, or be part of the 24-hour Readings Against the End of the World open mic, the Albany Word Fest is the place for you.



6:30 PM – Word Fest Night of Features
Hudson River Coffee House, 227 Quail Street, Albany

The festival kicks off on Monday, April 16, at the Hudson River Coffee House on Quail Street for The Word Fest Night of Features – an evening of poetry and prose featuring regional poets and writers Harvey Havel, Danielle Pouliot, Darian Gooden (Poetyc Visionz), and Olivia McKee, hosted by Brian Dorn.


7:00 PM – Albany Poets Presents D. Colin
Restaurant Navona, 289 New Scotland Ave., Albany

On Wednesday. April 18, we welcome a local poet, writer, artist, and performer D. Colin to Albany Poets Presents at Restaurant Navona on New Scotland Avenue to share their work and then take questions from the audience about life, inspirations, writing, and more.


7:00 PM – Third Thursday Poetry Night
Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany

W.D. Clarke will be the featured reader on Thursday, April 19, at the Third Thursday Poetry Night at the Social Justice Center on Central Avenue. There will be an opportunity before and after the feature for poets to step up to the mic and share their work.



7:00 PM – Readings Against the End of the World
Husted Hall Café, UAbany Downtown Campus, 135 Western Avenue, Albany 

Albany Poets and the English Department at UAlbany present Readings Against the End of the World, a 24-Hour Open Mic for poetry, storytelling, theater, spoken word, and more to benefit the South End Children’s Café.

Online sign-up for the open mic starts on Tuesday, March 20! Organizations interested in having a table can contact Albany Poets at albanypoets@gmail.com for information.

The 2018 Albany Word Fest is sponsored by

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