Selected Poetry Events


If you know of any events that we do not list please let us know info@poetrykit.org 








Alabama Poets - The Alabama State Poetry Society http://alabamapoets.org/



Poetix -  site dedicated to the poetry scene in South California.



La Peńa Cultural Center - Every third Wednesday of the month, open mic, sign up by 7:30pm
3105 Shattuck Ave (near Ashby BART). Phone: (510) 849-2568 ext 11


Canoga Park

Every 3rd Tuesday the VCP presents a featured poet at the Cobalt Café 22047 Sherman Way, Canoga Park 91303 at 9:00 pm. Please see http://www.facebook.com/pages/Valley-Contemporary-Poets/74020194579?v=info



Los Angeles

The Hammer Poetry Readings, sponsored by UCLA and the Hammer Museum, take
place at the Museum (Westwood Blvd. at Wilshire Blvd.) about once a month

    Poetry Events at Loyola Marymount University
7900 Loyola Boulevard (off Manchester).
Enquiries to English dept., 310-338-3018.
    The PRB @ The Public School, 951 Chung King Rd.
Los Angeles, CA
Doors open at 7:00pm Reading starts at 7:30pm
$5 donation requested
    Magic Johnson's Starbuck's Presents
An Urban Folk Collective Production, Spreading Love-N-Spoken Words Hosted by Sandra Laraine Coleman, Alice The Poet and MsTmusze
With Musical Director Victor "X-man" Taylor 5301 Centinela Ave. Los Angeles, CA  90056 (310) 338-1297
Every Wednesday at 7:00 pm with open mic and featured performers. Open mic sign-ups begin at 6:45 pm
Contact Sandra Laraine Coleman (
blessedrwe1@aol.com), Alice The Poet (AliceThePoet@aol.com) or MsTmusze (mstmusze@speakonit.org)
Wednesdays at the Rainbow Bar & Grill, 9015 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, Ca 90069
Hosted by Larry Jaffe and Brandon Backhaus
Parking: $3.00 (the lowest on the strip). Cover: $5.00
Home of
Larry Jaffe's pOeTiX Licence
    Writers and Teachers
Local writing instructors introducing their students.
Third Tuesdays, 7:30 pm
Barnes & Noble Westwood in the Westside Pavilion Mall at the corner of Pico and Westwood
Contact: Catherine Daly,

ANANSI WRITERS WORKSHOP  Wednesday night place to be. This three-part night begins with a critique segment for writers seeking feedback followed by a featured reading and a "no b.s." open mic where ten readers present polished work (five minutes or two poems, whichever comes first). $5. Refreshments. Free parking. Wednesdays, 7:30-10:30pm. The World Stage, 4344 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles 90008 [4305 Degnan Blvd. AFTER NOV. 1, 2004); 323.293.2451;

  Orange Dragon Poetry The Ugly Mug Caffe, 261 N. Glassell, Orange contact: Steve Ramirez, phone: 909 322-5123 E-mail: CoyoteBleu@hotmail.com Weekly poetry series, every Wednesday at 8.00pm.

San Diego

Poetic Brew - Tuesday nights 7.30 for 8.00 at the Claire de Lune, 2906 University Ave., North Park. Sign-up starts at 7:00pm or shortly thereafter Hosted by Shannon Perkins and Marc Kockinos
To subscribe to Poetic Brew weekly e-news, write to Marc D. Kockinos
    Poetry Buffet - Hosted by Stacey Tolbert (aka "The Brown-Sugar Poet"). Every Monday night at "Claytons" Restaurant downtown. ( 650 F Street). Sign-up is at 7:00pm. Reading is from 8-11pm.
    Reverb: Hosted by Max. Every Wednesday night at "Caffiends" (On Broadway, between 6th and 7th). Reading starts: "8:30ish"
    Voz Alta
917 E St., San Diego, Califas 92101 (Downtown SD between 9th and 10th Aves.)
Performance space organised by the Taco Shop Poets, and Calaca Press.
For more information email:
info@vozalta.org or call (619) 230-1VOZ.
The Lingo - open mic poetry every first and third Wednesday each month.
Hosted by Tomás Riley and Bennie Herron. Admission free.
Door opens and sign-ups begin at 7.30pm. Reading starts at 8.00pm.
The Power of Youth - Youth theater and poetry hosted by Teatro Con Safos every last Wednesday of the month.
Door opens @ 5.30pm reading starts @ 6.00pm. $5 donation, $3 for students
Native Tongues - reading series the last Friday of every month. Featuring José Alvergue and others tba...
$5 donation. Door opens @ 7.30pm reading starts @ 8.00pm. Hosted by Adrian Arancibia
Tekniqs. Sundays twice-monthly spoken word workshop series. 6.00pm US$2.00. Coordinated by poets Raymond R. Beltran, Sergio Gonzales and MariaJulia Urias.
    The San Diego Poetry Slam
every 2nd and 4th Monday at Voz Alta, 1544 Broadway, Downtown SD.  Poets
compete for cash and prizes while the audience provides feedback and
judges.  Plenty of hi-jinx from your hosts, as well.  Sign-ups for poets
begins at 8:00 pm, the event begins at 8:30.

$5 fee for competitors, free to the public.

  San Francisco The Euro-San Francisco Poetry Festival
Details from: Michael Rothenberg
walterblue@bigbridge.org - Big Bridge www.bigbridge.org
    City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133 Phone: 415-362-8193
Readings & Signings & Other Events
    Artspeak at Mission Badlands Gallery
Spoken Word Series
2811 Mission Street at 24th San Francisco 415-920-0896 / 415-648-4304
Alternate Thursdays. Start 8.00pm $2.00
    Galeria de la Raza
2857 24th Street   corner of 24th & Bryant
    Poetry Center SFSU  1600 Holloway. Inquiries (415) 338 2227
    Cowell Theater at Fort Mason  Contact (650) 355-4857
  San Luis Obispo Language of the Soul - San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival
For further information call Kevin Patrick Sullivan at (805) 547-1318.



Corners of the Mouth reading series -  Linnaea's Café, 1110 Garden Street Third Sunday of the Month at 7:30PM.
For further info: Kevin Patrick Sullivan - Artistic Director @ (805) 547-1318 email:
kpsslopoet@charter.net. Corners of the Mouth is an Arts Council Affiliate
  San Marco Soul Ascension
Monthly Open Mic. All talents and interests are welcome. Hosted by the Elevated Poets
Fyre Zone Cafe, 803 San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, CA.
  Sylmar Tia Chucha's Café Cultural - 12737 Glenoaks Blvd., #22 Sylmar, CA 91342
Phone: (818) 362-7060 Fax: (818) 362-7102

Every Friday, 7:31 until 10:01pm - Spoken Word/Open Mic night, hosted by Xicano Records and Films and Aztlan Underground
  Venice CA Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center 681 Venice Blvd. (310) 822-3006

Denver, CO


La Taza Café & Market  1550 Platte Street Denver, CO For Poetry Schedule call (303) 477-8292 ( )
CONNECTICUT Farmington Borders Books and Music - 1600 South East Road, (Next door to West Farms Mall).  Phone: (860) 674-5243


The Buttonwood Tree - 605 Main Street. 860-347-4957 - $5 suggested donation
    Atticus Bookstore and Deli - 45 Broad Street - Chris Evans. phone: (860)203-344-1296 ext. 24




"COME TOGETHER POETS'  3rd Thursday of every month -6:30 pm at Pasco County Arts Council

5744 Moog Rd Holiday, Florida USA   - like the song "Come Together" for readings in an old heritage home with fireplace - cozy and sweet like my club free art gallery in other rooms as well. contact me: Barbara Ann

  Jackonville Soul Release - a showcase of poetry and theater by African American artists and other ethnic minorities. This event is held every third Saturday at Alfie's Center For The Performing Arts 9474 Lem Turner Road Jacksonville, FL 32208. For more information, call 728-4636, email nokturnalescape@hotmail.com or visit http://www.nokturnalescape.com



University of Central Florida - Open mike fourth Thursday of the month, 7.30pm at Barnes & Noble

St. Petersburg


The Cockney Rebel 1492 4th Street North, St. Petersburg Open mic every Monday night from 8pm-midnight.
Phone (727)895-2049.
    Joffrey's Coffee Co.  5165 34th Street South.  Monthly slam, first Sunday. 3.00-5.00pm, sign up at 2.30pm.

Atlanta Blue Plate Special
"potluck performance of poetry and song" held on the last Wednesday of every month at the Gravity Pub in East Atlanta starting at 9pm. The Gravity Pub is located at 1257 Glenwood Ave. (a couple of blocks south of I-20 and east of Moreland) 404-627-5555.
mc Kodak Harrison
    Cliterata@Tower 2   All women's open mic every 2nd Thursday 8.00pm
Ralph McGill Blvd, Downtown Atlanta  Hosted by Erin O'Briant & Karen Garrabrant 404.624.3946
    Cosmopolitan Soul @ The Crescent Room spoken word w/ live jazz by Rio Negro
Every 3rd Monday 8.00pm  13th & Crescent Ave., Midtown Atlanta 404.875.5252
    ESP  A-HOP, West End District, Atlanta 404.752.6030.  Wednesdays @ 9.00pm. Hosted by Yohannes-Sharriff.
    Joseph's-on-Courtland Cafe  182 Courtland St., NE Downtown Atlanta.  Sundays 8.00pm. Hosted by Focus - 404.523.2121
    On That Note - 2nd Saturday of each month at the Forum (gallery) in the Defoor Center - hosted by Kodac Harrison
1710 Defoor Ave. The Forum phone is (404) 591-3814
    MAAT   -   Mutana's Health Cafe 1388 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., SW West End District, Atlanta 404.753.5252
Mondays 7.00pm


Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)


Join local writers, poets, and artists for a night of writing based on the Wild Mind
methods of author, Natalie Goldberg.  Our group meets from 6:30pm - 8:00pm on the
  1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at Ka Huina Art Gallery.  The gallery is located
  in downtown Hilo, at the "Creative Corner" of Kilauea and Mamo. 
  Bring paper, a pen or pencil, and your passion to write.  For more information,
  view the "Writers Community" page for more information at:
  or via email: piper@PiperSelden.com




Weeds  -  1555 N. Dayton  (312) 943-7815
Mondays -10PM to1AM   Hosted by Gregorio Gomez    Open mic    Free

    Afri-Ware Inc   948 Lake St., Oak Park  (708) 524-8398
3rd Fridays - 7PM to 9PM   Hosted by Viadajean Towns Collins  Open mic with featured performers  Free
    Beach Poet Series   North Avenue Beach    (773) 465-5460  Fridays - 7PM
Hosted by Cathleen Schandelmeier    Open mic with
featured performers
    Bop Shop - First Friday Show  5419 N. Clark  (773) 235-3232
1st Fridays - 7PM   Hosted by David Hernandez &  Street Sounds Open mic  $5

Cafe Aloha  2156 W. Montrose  (773) 907-9356
Tuesdays - 8PM Hosted by David Rubin   Open mic   Free


The Culture Club   1351 S. Michigan Ave.   (312) 922-6414   Mondays - 7PM   $3 ($2 open mikers)


Estelle's   2013 W. North Ave.   (773) 486-8760    Tuesdays - 10PM to 1AM
Hosted by Shappy   "The Shappening" open mic    Free


Fitgerald's   6615 Roosevelt Road   Berwyn   (708) 788-2118
Tuesdays - 8PM   "Rhythm & Rhyme Revue"    Hosted by Scott Momenthy   Open mic music and poetry
with featured performers    $2


Guild Complex at Chopin Theatre   1543 W. Division  (773) 278-2210   Tuesdays - 7:30PM to 10PM
"More Than Words" open mic   with featured performers    Wednesdays - 7:30PM to 10PM    Open mic with featured performers   $3 (varies per show)


Green Mill - Uptown Poetry Slam 4753 N. Broadway   (773) 878-5552   Sundays - 7PM open mic, 8PM feature  Hosted by Marc Smith    Open mic with featured performers   and poetry slam $5


Hungry Brain   2319 W. Belmont (773) 935-2118   Wednesdays -10PM  Hosted by Leonard de Montbrun
Open mic with featured performers  No cover


Joy Blue - Yammer  3998 N. Southport  (773) 477-3330  Wednesdays - 8:30PM
Hosted by Lisa Hemminger  Open mic   Free


Kerouac Jack's   3407 N. Paulina  (773) 348-4321  Third Sundays - 9:30PM
Hosted by Jeff Carpenter  Open mic    $3 donation requested


Lilly’s  2513 N. Lincoln  (773) 525-2422  Tuesdays - 9PM
"Mental Grafitti"   Hosted by Crystal Rabedeau  Open mic  $2


Literary Explosions  1570 1/2 N. Damen Ave.   (773) 252-5120  Fridays - 7:30PM
Hosted by Mad Peace  Hip Hop open mic   Saturdays - 7:30PM  Hosted by Tina Howell   Open mic  Free


Mojava Coffee Bar - Kuumba Theatre presents "Poetry Place"
1617 Hyde Park Blvd. (312) 421-7880 4th Wednesdays - 7PM to 9PM Hosted by Brandy Barnes
Open mic $5 (includes first drink minimum)


No Exit - In One Ear 6970 N. Glenwood (773) 743 - 3355  Wednesdays - 9PM
Hosted by Michael O'Toole  Open mic  $1


P.O.E.T.S.  5 W. Division  (773) 271- 8448   Mondays - 6:30PM to 9PM
Hosted by Maria McCray  Open mic $1


Pontiac Produce - Word Salad  1531 N. Damen  (773) 252 7767
Sundays - 7:30PM to 10PM  Hosted by Jim Redd Open mic with featured performers   Free


Pops on Chicago  2053 W. Chicago  (312) 633-0828 Sunday thru Thursday
Various open mic events...  ...call for more info   Free


Red Lion  2446 N. Lincoln  (773) 348-2695  Last Mondays - 8PM
Hosted by Suki de la Croix  & Lynda Licina  Open mic $2


Rituals presents  "Rituals Rhythms" 537 S. Dearborn (312) 922-3834
Every other Sunday - 6PM to 10PM  Hosted by Oba Featured performers, live music,  and open mic  $5 ($3 open mikers)


Speak-Easy Poetry Cabaret  1538 W. Adams No phone  Thurdays (starting July 17) - 7PM
Hosted by Michael Ralston  Open mic   $3 ($2 open mikers)


Yo Mama's Cafe  1466 N. Milwaukee  No phone  Thursdays - 8:30 PM
Hosted by Joe Roarty  and Paul Ryan  Round-robin open mic   Free


Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum   1852 W. 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608   312.738.1503, for information and tickets


Baton Rouge


Poets Anonymous at Spanish Moon
Thursdays 7.30pm. 1109 Highland Road. Call 383.MOON for directions.
Hosted by Jeremy Garland. Free. No Cover.

New Orleans


Ebony Squares
Every Sunday at Ebony Square 4215 Magazine St. $7 – 9:30pm Showtime.
Information Sage at 504-560-6151 or
    Lit City Poetry Reading Series  Poetry readings at various New Orleans venues. Contact: Tod Edgerton tod@litcity.net
    Maple Leaf Bar  Open mike readings with guest spots, every Sunday afternoon at 3.00pm at the Maple Leaf Bar (in the back patio) at 8316 Oak Street, New Orleans, LA 70118.
Contact Nancy Harris e-mail
apewoman@bellsouth.net, phone 504-861-7162
    Nu Ambiance Poetry Nite
Thursdays at Club D'plex 3635 Pine St, (Across From Xavier Unv) fmi 504-891-0481.


Baltimore Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral Street, MD 21201 (410) 396-5430

College Park


Mariposa Poetry Series
The Mariposa Center for Creative Expression, 5000 Berwyn Road. (301) 513-9422
Every Saturday at 8.00 pm. $5 cover charge.
Typically 3 feature readers and an open mic. For more information, contact Maritza at

Frederick, MD


Frederick Poetry Alive! (was at The MuddPuddle Cafe)
open Mic Poetry Series now 2nd Tuesdays at Other Words Studio, 433 N. Market St.
Sign ups begin at 7 open mic at 7:30.
For more info call Nicki Miller on 301 662 4323 or e-mail her at:
    Friday Night Expressions Poetry Open Reading
Market Street Cafe, 16 N. Market St., Frederick, MD. 7.00-9.00pm Hosted by Daniel Armstrong. Contact:



Cafe Muse Literary Series Strathmore Hall Arts Center, 10701 Rockville Pike. Second Wednesday of each month. 7:30pm   Sponsored by the WordWorks, this monthly venue offers marvelous feature readers and a brief open mic when time permits. Sign ups begin at 7:15. Free!
    Poet-A-Tete   Every 4th Tuesday at 7:30 pm  Barnes & Noble, 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20851
For more information via e-mail, contact:
poetatete@yahoo.com. Always call to confirm: 301.881.0237

Riverdale, MD


Riverdale Book Shop  4701 Queensbury Road Riverdale, Maryland 20737  Phone: (301) 277-8141 E-mail: RBS4Books@aol.com  open mike poetry readings, third tuesdays of each month, 7 p.m.


Barnstaple MA


Tilden Arts Center
Rt. 132, W. Barnstable, MA
Open Mic for Poetry with Featured Poet and Workshop
Once a month as announced, Fridays, 7-10pm
  Boston Forest Hills Trust  Poetry in the Chapel series, in conjunction with Tapestry of Voice, a Boston-based poetry society.   Forsyth Chapel at Historic Forest Hills Cemetery, 95 Forest Hills Avenue, Jamaica Plain
US$4.00 admission, free parking   Contact Abigail Norman at 617-524-0128 or email
    Oni Gallery  684 Washington St., 4th & 5th floors
    The Poetry Fanatics   College of Arts and Sciences Building, Room B12, 685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston University, BU East Green B Line    Free. Open mic.   for more info: Liz: 352-6886, lizj@bu.edu
  Cambridge The Boston Poetry Slam  Wednesdays  Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave, Central Square
Open mike at 8 pm, featured poet at 10 pm, slam at 11 pm. USD3.00 admission. All ages welcome, but everyone must bring a photo ID. This non-smoking venue has a bar and a kitchen.
Events calendar available at
Contact Michael Brown
P.O. Box 561, Gloucester, MA 01930; 978-281-7174.
    Agape Poetry Series   Community Church of Boston, 3rd Floor, (Across from Trinity Episcopal Church above the White Star Restaurant), 565 Boylston Street, Copley Square   $1.00 donation goes directly to the church
for more info:
  Cape Cod Cape Cod Deli Cafe 109 Rt. 28 Windmill Plaza, W. Dennis Slams 2nd Friday every month 6-9pm 
    Outermost Poets  -  will be co-producing the Cape Cod Poets Theater, hosting slams, features, and open mikes throughout the off-season, at several venues throughout the Cape. In the past, the Cape Cod Poets Theater events and slams have been featured at the Prodigal Son Coffeehouse in Hyannis, the Land Ho! and Old Jailhouse Tavern in Orleans, and the Provincetown Inn and Napi's in Provincetown. Look for events at the Cafe Tilden, hosted by Joe Gouveia, at the Tilden Arts Center at Cape Cod Community College in Barnstable, as well as future performances at the Chapel-In-The-Pines in Eastham and the Cafe Mews in Provincetown.
For more information e-mail



penguin poetry parade
at the Investors Nightly Internet Cafe, 108 Merrimac St. Phone: 978-521-6710

Hyannis MA


The Prodigal Son Coffeehouse   10 Ocean St., Hyannis, MA 02601
Open Mic Poetry w/ feature last Friday of the month, 9.00pm-12.00 mid
owner: Dave & Shelley Thompson (508)771-1337
    Kaffee Wolfgang  448 Main St./Winter St. (corner) Open Mic performers all types w/ feature. Every Thursday 8:30-11:00pm   owner: Wolfgang (508)775-3963

North Easton

The Main St. Cafe   122 Main Street  Monthly readings and open mike. 7.00pm (open mike sign-up 6.30pm, featured poet 8.00pm   Details from Poetrealm@aol.com



Voices On The Wind  Wonderground Espresso House, 539 N. Wayne Rd., Westland, MI 48184
phone 1/734/722-9460.   Reading goes from 7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. every Tuesday, and is open mic, no feature readers.   Hosted by poet Michael M. Blizman. Cover charge $3.00 includes a drink.


  The Nebraska Poetry Menu
9632 N 34th St. Omaha, NE 68112
contact: Matt Mason phone: 402/453-5711
Lists readings, festivals, and open mic nights around the state of Nebraska.




Plymouth State College's Poets and Writers  Open mic 7.00pm every third Tuesday
Beiderman's Deli and Pub in downtown Plymouth    Contact: Crystal Lavoie <


  New Jersey events calendar is here - www.poetz.com/jersey
Send your event details to


The Euphoria Slam   at Euphoria Cafe on 17 Academy Street in Newark (off Broad Street, across from the Prudential Mall).  Saturdays at 8.00pm, hosted primarily by guest hosts. Admission is USD5.00.
  Waterloo The Geraldine E R. Dodge Poetry Festival  The Festival offers four days of poetry readings, panel discussions, conversations on craft and a wide array of other topics, musical performances, and storytelling.
Visit their website
for program details, directions, tickets and pricing.


New York City New York City Poetry Calendar is here  Send your poetry events news to Jackie listings@poetz.com
    The Academy of American Poets Reading Series
All readings will take place from 7.00-8:30pm in the library at the Academy of American Poets, 588 Broadway, Suite 1203. Tickets are $5 (suggested) and will only be available at the door.
The Academy of American Poets
NY Events Calendar
    Aesthetic Realism Foundation
141 Greene Street, New York, NY 10012, 212-777-4490

STARK -  OPEN MIC The Open Mic for the Loud and Proud Poets, Musicians, Performance Artists

161 West 22nd St. (bet. 6th & 7th Ave.) F,R,E to 23rd St. /1,9 to 23rd St.
Contribution: $5 for 8 minutes of freedom!

Every Saturday 3PM-6PM

Hosted by Viviana Grell - Info: (917) 292- 2683

    BBR Reading Series  Bar Reis, 375 5th Ave.
(between 5th and 6th Streets), Park Slope, Brooklyn. F train to 4th and 9th St. stop

Bowery Poetry Club see calendar of events at http://bowerypoetry.com/

    Bronx Writers Center  Contact: 718-409-1265 wtrsctr@bronxarts.org
    Caviar Studios  46 Washington Avenue Btwn Park & Flushing in Ft. Green/Clinton Hills
Every Wednesday. Doors open 9pm, Show at 10:30, $10. No dress code!
info 917.720.7028 To feature email
    Cornelia Street Cafe  29 Cornelia Street, NYC. Selected nights at 6.00pm. Hosted by Angelo Verga (unless otherwise noted) [Any subway that goes to West 4th or Christopher St.] $6 admission gets you a free drink - some nights the cover is more, read the fine print!
    The Genius of (Mis)Translation   Reading series organised by Dactyl Foundation for the Arts & Humanities
64 Grand Street (between West Broadway & Wooster), SoHo, NYC   Admission Free ($8 suggested donation). Drinks will be served.   Information: 212.219.2344
www.dactyl.org email@dactyl.org
Partial support for this series has been provided by the New York State Council on the Arts.
    Double Happiness
173 Mott Street, just south of Broome.
Readings begin promptly at 4. Doors will open at 3:30 for those who want to start drinking and schmoozing early.
Continuing support of this series is provided by the Segue Foundation. Funding is made possible by support from the Literature Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.
    The Ear Inn Readings   Saturday afternoons, 3.00pm
326 Spring Street (west of Greenwich Street) Hosted by Michael Broder & Jason Schneiderman, Free.
    Exoterica  4414 Cayuga Avenue 5A, Bronx, NY 10471
Rick Pernod 718 549-5192
    The Knitting Factory Poetry Series
reported closed, but seems to be running again Saturdays 6pm at 74 Leonard Street. Feature + open, hosted by Yictove, US$5/.00
    La Plume Series  Center for Book Arts, 28 West 27th St., New York City (3rd Fl.). Free.
    louderArts South  Thursdays 7.00pm $5.00. Hosted by Roger Bonair-Agard, Marty McConnell and Lynne Procope
Morgie's cafe 51 Lincoln Rd (between Ocean Avenue and Flatbush Ave) Q train to Prospect Park (front of train)
    louderArts  Bar 13, 35 East 13th Street
Monday nights at 7.00pm. Slam open hosted by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez
    Mad Alex Presents: A Reading Series
Thursdays at Locus Media, 594 Broadway, #1010 (between Houston & Prince)
Admission $5.00
These events are funded by Greenwall Foundation, Jerome Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
For more information:
madalexpresents@yahoo.com or 212-693-0405
    Nuyorican Poets Cafe  236 East 3rd Street, East Village, NYC
Phone: 212-505-8183
    People's Poetry Gathering  72 E. 1st St NY 10003
contact: Bob Holman phone: 800-333-5982 x5 e-mail:
    The Pink Pony West Reading Series  Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, Betw. Bleeker & West 4th Street
Fridays at 6.00pm, $6 including free drink - Open Mike & Featured Poet; hosted by Jackie Sheeler. 212-989-9319
    The Players Club
16 Gramercy Park So., NYC 10003 (cross street: East 20th St. & Park Avenue South). Info:
    Poetry City Teachers & Writers Collaborative
T&W's Center for Imaginative Writing 5 Union Square West, Manhattan (bet. 14th & 15th Sts.)
The Poetry Project  St. Mark's Church, 131 E. 10th St., New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 674-0910 E-mail:

All events at 8 pm, $8 admission, $7 for students; and $5 for members, unless otherwise noted. The Poetry Project is wheelchair accessible with advance notice. Schedule subject to change.
    Workshops at The Poetry Project
The workshop fee is $300, which includes tuition for classes and an "individual" membership in the Poetry Project for one year. Reservations are required due to limited class space and payment must be received in advance.
Please send payment and reservations (include your address, phone number and email) to: The Poetry Project, St. Mark's Church, 131 E. 10th St., NY, NY 10003.
For more information, please call (212) 674-0910, or email:
Poets Coffeehouse Series

Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library / Grand Army Plaza, Third Floor
718.230.2100 for more info
Rattapallax Press Reading Series
with the New York Public Library at several branches, but mainly at St. Agnes Branch located at 444 Amsterdam Ave.
    Saturn Series
Saturn Series Poetry Reading & Open Mic
Every Monday Night at 8pm
Shades of Green Pub and Restaurant
125 East 15th Street, Btw 3rd Ave &Irving Place  more info
Hosted by Su Polo
2 or 3 features surrounded by open.
3$ donation + food or beverage purchas
    The Serengeti Lounge   Wednesdays 8.30pm
55 Irving Place at 17th Street  212.982.9030
    Soft Skull Shortwave Freqency Reading Series Sunday afternoons, 2.00pm. 71 Bond Street @ State St., Brooklyn Hosted by Daniel Nester. F/G train to Bergen
    Soul Salsa Mexican Café and Grill  17 West 125th Street between 5th Avenue and Lenox Avenue, Harlem, New York 10027   Regular underground poetry spot.  Call (212) 289-6069 for further info.
    Speakeasy Poetry Series  First Sunday of the month, 5.00pm.
Arlene's Grocery, 95 Stanton Street, (between Orchard and Ludlow Streets)
Contact: Jessica Piazza at
speakeasynyc@hotmail.com or visit www.speakeasynyc.com
for information on upcoming reading dates and poets.
    Step 2 Da Mic   presented by Poetic X-Pressions Collective at Julie's NY 305 E. 53rd St.
Sundays 4pm. DJ Tariq spins and Natalie hosts. open to all poets, writers, musicians & artists. all cultures & lifestyles welcomed!! 21 & up/ casual dress. $5 admission
axesspromo@yahoo.com or ceo@gyrlzndalife.com
    Uptown Local
monthly reading series & open mic presented by The Bronx Writers' Center and The Kingsbridge Library featuring Chapter One Winners Allison Lynn & Monique Simon at Kingsbridge Library 280 W. 231st & Corlears Ave, Bronx
Wednesday evenings @ 6:30pm. Open Mic participants should arrive fifteen minutes early to sign up and read no more than three minutes.
    Women Poets at Barnard  Barnard Hall Lobby, at Broadway and 117th Street
    Wordspace  A Spoken Word Series @ various venues
(718) 222-9480  Info: Tantra on (917) 421-3907 ext 1774
    W.B. Yeats Society of New York
c/o National Arts Club, 15 Grammercy Park South, New York, NY 10003. ((212) 780-0605) e-mail Will Linden
Unless noted otherwise, events are held at the National Arts Club. 


5:30pm every Sunday.  ZINC is at 82 West 3rd Street between Sullivan & Thompson in New York City's Greenwich Village.  Website - http://www.lungfull.org/zinc/  

  Woodstock Hudson Valley Poetry Calendar is here. Send your poetry events to hudsonvalley@poetz.com."
    Woodstock Poetry Society  P.O. Box 531, Woodstock, NY 12498
Readings every second Saturday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Woodstock Town Hall, 76 Tinker St., Woodstock, NY; three featured readers plus an open mike
Contact: Bob Wright 845-679-9837



Cincinnati OH

Slammin’ on Main, the University of Cincinnati’s
new Open Mic and spoken word poetry slam series, every Tuesday 7-10pm
 in Catskeller Game Room and Sports Lounge in the Tangeman University Center (191105)

Jennie F. Wright, Slammin’ on Main, Program Director - WRIGHTJ3@UCMAIL.UC.EDU


Columbus OH

2040 N. High Street, Columbus OH
Readings on Mondays, followed by an open Starts at 7pm
Contact David Baratier e-mail:


Philadelphia Café 90
- a a monthly informal evening of poetry, discussion and music.
CA House, 118 South 37th Street.
Check the website
for dates and times.
    Kelly Writers House  3805 Locust Walk  Information from afilreis@english.upenn.edu  webcasts


Brew House Space 101
2100 Mary Street, Southside
For more information, contact Christina Springer of
Sun Crumbs, 3128 Brighton Road, Pittsburgh, PA. 15212. Phone: (412) 732-0762 E-mail: Suncrumbs@hotmail.com




News of the Austin poetry scene can be had via local poet and host Stazja McFadyen's e-mail newsletter "Austin poets at large". For your copy, e-mail Stazja at Stazja@aol.com
Thanks also due here for information received from Thom Woodruff aka Thom the World Poet -
You can also find more extensive listings at Austin Chronicle Litera column:
    Cactus Cafe  University of Texas Union Building which is near 21st and Guadalupe
    CC's Coffee House  1206 W. 38th Street. Open mic poetry readings some Saturdays 6.30pm to 8.00pm, hosted by Amy Allen. For next date contact (512) 420-8739
    CCs Coffee House  3110 Windsor Rd
Work in Progress - First Wednesday of the month, 6.30-8.00pm. Poetic bonding and intimate writing connections. Details from Linda 8340695
    Expressions  Bahai Center 2214 E.M. Franklin Rd. 512 -9268880
First Saturdays 7.00-10.00pm. Admission-Plate of food for the pot luck at interval and cans of food for the poet's pantry. All ages reading, children welcomed. For program details contact Thom Woodruff on 512 4167435 or
    The Ginger Man  304 West 4th
Sundays 4.00-7.00pm. Phone: 512 4738801. MC to end of August is George Leake.
    Green Chai Cafe  Historic section Bastrop-off 71 East.  First and Third Thursdays 6.30-8.00pm
    Halcyon  4th/Lavaca.  Open mike, Sundays 2.00-4.00pm. MC-George Leake.
    The Hideout  617 Congress Ave. Mondays 7.00-10.00pm. Free Open hosted by Bevin Shaw. No sign up sheets. Donations for the Poets Pantry. Email goofylizzzardgrin@yahoo.com 
    Kung Fu Athletic Academy   1916 Fortview 2920808. Kung Fu poetry, every Sunday night 7.00-9.00pm - poetry and music pot luck in a martial arts setting!Open to all ages and styles!
    Mitchie's Fine Black Arts  5706 East Manor Road
Some Sundays 3.00-5.00pm. Phone Mitchies for next reading.3236901
    Mojo's Daily Grind  2714 Guadalupe, Uncensored open mike .Signup. First Friday of the month 7.30-10.00pm.
Featured reader and musical guests, and open mic hosted by Brad Sharp. First time readers are treated to a free cuppa joe. fmi contact
    Movements Gallery  211 E. 6th Street.
Wednesdays 9.00pm BYOB: Blast Your Own Breath poetry readings
    Odyssey  1108 Koenig Lane. Open mike, Sundays 7.00-10.00pm 4190201. MC-Kathleen Romana. Completely open stage-poets,musicians,comedians
    Out East  Fridays 8.00-10.00pm at 1209 East 11th
MC Ivanho - open mike with freeform flavor.8364128

Poetry @ La Tazza Fresca

7-9 PM every Second and Fourth Fridays.   La Tazza Fresca Coffehouse 37th  & Guadalupe, Austin, TX USA.  Featured readers followed by Open Mike featuring YOU!  Hosted by johnniZanni and Kathleen Romana.   (507) 

    Quacks!  43rd/Duval. MC George Leake. Phone 512 4533399
    Resistencia Bookstore  1801-A So. First St.  Some Fridays 7.00pm. Phone 4168885 for next reading date.
WordJazz, third Thursdays 7.00-10.00pm

Ruta Maya Coffee House  3601 S. Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78741
Tuesdays 6.00pm - 9.00pm E-mail reservations at
bohemian234@hotmail.com host is David Bates
The current website for the reading is: 
The reading also has a MySpace presence at
followed by 8.00-10.00pm Poetry Karaoke on the front porch

    Sacred Cup  1809 Manor Road
Tuesdays from 7.00pm (4949201). All ages reading with themes and features-round robin format. MC-Martin Hudson
    Taco Express  Bluebonnet/South Lamar every second Saturday 7.00-9.00pm.
    Worldbeat Café  every Wednesday night from 7.00-9.00pm - round table poetry circle hosted by Rhiannon. 600 West MLK
    Annual Austin International Poetry Festival
    The Austin Poetry Society, a chapter of the Poetry Society of Texas and an affiliate of the Academy of American Poets, the society offers monthly and annual poetry contests, monthly programs aimed at expanding and improving poetic craft. (25805)
  Dallas, TX Spoken Chaos  Lucky Sevens, 115 Malcom X, between Main and Elm in Deep Ellum
Poetry, spoken word, open-mic, music.  Every Wednesday night, 9:30 - 11:30pm. Free. 21+. ID required.
    WordSpace  1910 Mecca, Dallas, TX 75206contact: Jeff Davis phone: 214-942-7012 fax: 214-946-4944 e-mail: jeffd@tenet.edu
Poetry Society of Texas meets 2nd Saturdays at 2:30 pm
Meetings are October thru June, except November
Preston Royal Library/ 5626 Royal Lane Dallas, Texaswww.members.tripod.com/psttx
President:  Budd Powell Mahan
  Fort Worth Spoken Images Inc. Presents A Slam Spectacular Every 3rd Saturday, 8:30pm -10:30pm. $5.00 cover
Borders Books & Music / 4613 S. Hulen St., Fort Worth, TX  Every Sunday 7:30-9 pm
Coordinator: Susan Vogel Taylor at blizmadriztm@yahoo.com
Fort Worth Haiku Society   3rd Saturday monthly  1-4pm at Four Star Coffee Bar
3324 West 7th Street, Fort Worth   $12. year 
Barnes and Noble, 1620 University Drive, Fort Worth, TX
in the University Village Shopping Complex
Last Saturday of each month - 7:30-8:30pm Open Mic followed by Guest Host:  Robert Wynne at robert.wynne@sbcglobal.net
Spittin Lyrics Christian Open Mic Venue  Every Third Friday at 8:00
The Circle of Poets  2012 East Lancaster Rd   Ft. Worth, TX 76105 no obscenity or foul gestures please, respect your art


Visit Spoken Words for regular news of the Houston poetry scene Poetry Calendar www.poetz.com/houston
    The Blue Ice
Open Mic every Monday at Echelon Live. 2606 Fannin at McGowen. Doors open at 7pm. Live Band and a Deejay Upstairs. Live Poetry with Featured Poets Every Week and Open Mic List for Poets, Vocalist and Musicians. Television Crews On Hand Recording. Kitchen In Full Effect (Courtesy of Gale & Jones Catering) CASH BAR $7 Cover Before 9pm $10 Cover After 9pm. fmi 713 721 3737
    Cafe Artiste  Mandell/W.Main Tuesdays 9.00pm
    Diedrich's Coffee Shop  4005 Montrose Open mic every Tuesday from 7.30-10.30pm. 713.526.1319
    Earthwire 1403 Fairview Sundays 8.00-10.00pm. Open mic poetry hosted by Bluebeard. Info 713-533-9195
    First Friday Reading Series Inprint House 1524 Sul Ross First Friday of month 8.30pm. Phone: 713.521.2026
    Gs & Zs Coffeshop  4420 Almeda (at Rosewood)
Mondays 8-10pmOpen mic. $3 cover + 1 drink minimum). Info Mike 713.737.8366.
    Happy Hour Poetry Show
hosted by Jeanette Thomas at Red Cat Jazz Café 924 Congress. Mondays from 6.00-8.30pm. fmi 713.227.2200
    Mary Jane's  4216 Washington Ave. 713.869.5263. Tuesdays 9.00pm
    Helious  411 Westheimer Wednesdays 8.30pm
    Oscars Creamery  Poetically Inclined open mic poetry & musical set from 8-11pm Saturdays. Hosted by kim c. 1201 Westheimer 713.521.1808 or 713.529.1672
    Paesanos  213 Main  Sundays 7.00-10.00pm $5 cover Open mic poetry set hosted by Angie G and Tosha Terry.
    Poesia Aztlan  The Mansion 6303 Beverly Hill, 1 blk south of Richmond Ave., between Hillcroft and Fountainview
Fridays 6.00-9.00pm, open mic and featured guest poets
    Poetry Show  The Sport's Box Lounge 8284 W Bellfort (in the Genesis Shopping strip shared with Club Riddims).
Thursdays 9.30pm-12.30am hosted by Black Snow with co-host Khallid. Info713.779.0327
    River Café  3615 Montrose
Open reading every Monday 8.00pm. Hosted by Selia Qynn and Ron Perry. 713.529.0088
    Shakespeare's Coffee Bar, 12127 Sabo at Beltway 8. Poetry Night, 8.30pm every Tuesday. $25.00 prize for the best poem. Grand prize, $250.00. Come read your own original poetry. Vote for your favorite poet. Teen poets welcome! fmi/directions, call 281-922-6176.
    Swank Lounge  Prairie/Travis  Wednesdays 9.00pm
    HOUSTON POETRY FEST For more information, or to volunteer, write to P.O.Box 22595, Houston, Texas 77227-2595, email HPFest@aol.com
    Houston International Poetry (HIP) Need sponsors, volunteers, poet hosts, help with publicity and support from the spoken word community for these events. Check out the website at www.geocities.com/hip3poets. For further information contact the organizers at HIP3Poets@yahoo.com or 281-486-4480.
  San Antonio San Antonio International Poetry Festival
Details from Sun Poets' Society email:
sunpoets@hotmail.com http://clik.to/SunPoets/
    Borders Books @ The Forum
Sun Poet Bella Burns hosts an open mic nite Tuesdays from 8-10pm
Contact Bella Burns, ph. 210-566-7528 or by e:mail:
    Our Lady of the Lake University's Poetry Festival  For more information, contact Yvette Benavides at 434-6711, Ext. 2277
    Sun Poet's Society  10362 Sahara Dr. #2203, San Antonio, Texas 78216 phone: (210)349-8216 email:sunpoets@hotmail.com
    Barnes & Noble, 321 N.W. Loop 410, Suite 104 (across from North Star Mall) off San Pedro Rd  Tuesdays 7.00-9.00pm
    Literate Lizard workshop at Barnes and Noble, 321 N.W. Loop 410(across from North Star Mall) hosted by David Huber. For more info call David Huber on (210)822-2246 or Rod C. Stryker on (210)349-8216..Thursdays 7.00-9.00pm
    Free Verse Friday Simply the Best Catering and Restaurant, 4400 Ritteman Rd (two lights east of I-35)(210-822-8555).  African-American poetry event hosted by Charles Peters 2nd and 4th Friday of each month
    330 E. Grayson (at Broadway). $2.00 9.30 pm intro DJ set, with resident DJ Klassen. 10-10.20 poet sign up for slam, which begins at 10.30 pm
fmi contact phil west at
  San Marcos The Coffeepot  129 E Howard Ln, Downtown San Marcos, across the street from the courthouse.
Every Monday, 8pm. Hosted by Colleen Booker. Fmi

The Woodlands

Poetry Nite Live!   Every third Saturday of the month, 7:00pm.
Featured Poets/Open Mic. facilitated by Susan Love Fitts.  Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1310 Lake Woodlands Dr., The Woodlands, Texas.    Info:



Burlington, VT

Rhombus Gallery/Artspace  186 College Street   For info 'phone 802.865-3144 or 8702.865-9603 or e-mail Marc Awodey at rawodey@together.net   Regular events: First Friday of every month 8pm, poetry slam, usually with $100 in prizes.  Every Wednesday night, featured readers
First Wednesday of each month, open readings  Rhombus is also home of THE MINIMAL PRESS, a guerrilla publishing movement that distributes chapbooks, perfect bound collections, and poems by vending machine through out the northeast.




IOTA poetry series, 2832 Wilson Blvd


Poet's Circle of Reston   Hunters Woods Fellowship House, 2231 Colts Neck Road, Reston, Virginia 20191
Meets third Wednesday of the month from 7.00-10.00 pm.
For directions or information contact Lesley Tyson 24 hours before the event -
phone: 703-758-8075 e-mail:




Blue Heron Art Center (Vashon Allied Arts)


First Friday Reading Series  6:00 pm, the first Friday of every month  105 Washington Ave.
Bremerton, Washington  email:




Bar Nun  1326 U St. NW Washington, DC  Every Monday, 8:30pm - 1:00am $5.00 admission.
Open mic backed by quite a band! Hosted by the Night Visitor and Matthew Payne. For info call Matthew Payne 202-265-5132, 202-986-8995, or email him at
    Mango's  2017 14th St NW (near corner of 14th & U St NW).
Every Tuesday night 8.00pm, $4.00, poetry open mic hosted by Raquel Brown
    Mother Tongue   1811 14th St. NW
Every 3rd Wednesday 8:30pm. $5.00 sliding scale to $3.00
or 202/726-1821
    Women's Poetry/Spoken Word Open-mic   Every Monday 6:00pm -8:00 pm, Franklyn's Coffeehouse, 2000 18th Street NW, (Near 18th and Florida Ave NW).Poets, writers of all levels welcome. Women new to writing encouraged to share your voices!!! for more info contact: Eryca Kasse, ekasse@hotmail.com