Readings Against the End of the World

For a schedule of readers and performances, click here.

To close out the 2018 Albany Word Fest 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.

All word-lovers and writers are invited to share readings – original work or favorite passages, poems and rants, raps and stories, spoken word and personal visions- enough to fill twenty-four hours the power of words. The event will kick off Friday, April 20 at the Husted Hall Café on the UAlbany Downtown campus, and will continue until Saturday, April 21.

2018 Albany Word FestOnline sign-up is now open here!

This year’s event will host several special events – an evening of regional open mic hosts sharing their own work, midnight theatre, a morning youth reading, a haiku battle, afternoon college readers, the launch of the sixth issue of Up The River, and more – all alternating with open mic signup slots.

Two of the special performance blocks include a midnight theater and a Saturday morning youth reading:

Players in Search of an Audience, A Theatrical Potluck
Saturday, April 21 Midnight until 1:30 am.
Readings, Theater Games, Impromptu Performances, Bewitching Fun for the Witching Hour!

RAEW Young Writers
Saturday, April 21st 9–11 am.
Sign up: Parents can sign up children under 16 during one of the ½ hour blocks. We are currently accepting about 10 readers for each ½ hour block (9:00-9:30, 9:30-10:00, 10:00-10:30, and 10:30-11:00). Young writers may read prose, poetry, or a favorite author. Please make sure your young writer’s material is appropriate for a youth audience. Email to register and more information


For a schedule of readers and performances, click here.

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04/20/2018 - 04/21/2018
7:00 pm


Husted Hall Café
135 Western Ave,
Albany NY