2014 Albany Word Fest

April 13, 2014 @ – April 19, 2014 @

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Albany Poets is proud to present the 2014 Albany Word Fest featuring the poetry and spoken word of upstate New York. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, April 13 – Saturday, April 19, 2014.

All updates, open mic signup, and event information can be found at http://albanywordfest.com

Sunday, April 13
7:00 PM – Word Fest Kickoff & Up The River Launch Party
McGeary’s, 4 Clinton Square, Albany
Join Albany Poets as we kickoff Word Fest week with a cocktail party and a special reading with contributors of Up The River, Albany Poets new literary journal at McGeary’s, home of Poets Speak Loud.

Monday, April 14
7:00 PM – Let Your Voice Be Heard
The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy
What is your passion? What are your dreams? Using poetry and spoken word, tell your story, in your own words. This event is presented as part of Albany Poet’s youth event for Word Fest Week 2014; young writers are warmly invited to submit!

Tuesday, April 15
7:00 PM – Nitty Gritty Slam
The Low Beat, 335 Central Ave., Albany
Albany’s poetry slam continues with the return of the Haiku Battle with featured poet DDE The Slammer! Admission to NGS is $5.00 / $3.00 with student ID. (18 + / 21 to drink)

Wednesday, April 16
7:00 PM – Poetry, Music, Spoken Word Showcase
Pauly’s Hotel, 337 Central Ave., Albany
An evening of the finest local and regional poetry, music, and spoken word at Pauly’s Hotel featuring Nick Bisanz & Pat Irish, Dan Landa, and Metroland’s Best Poets.

Thursday, April 17
7:00 PM – Third Thursday Poetry Night
Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany
Dan Wilcox hosts this open mic for poetry and spoken word featuring poets from The College of Saint Rose.

Friday, April 18
7:00 PM – Word Fest Open Mic
UAG Gallery, 247 Lark Street, Albany
The annual Word Fest Open Mic hosted by Albany Poets returns home to the UAG Gallery on Lark St. This event will take place from 7 PM – 12:00 AM with sessions for groups and featured poets from Woodstock to Saratoga and everywhere in between. So far over 30 poets have signed up including Nancy Klepsch, Alan Catlin, Charles Straney, Da God Ezekiel, Alan Casline, Shaun Baxter, Howard Kogan, Don Levy, Carol H. Jewell, Joe Krausman, Marina Mati, Cecele Kraus, Cheryl A. Rice, Tim Verhaegen, L-Majesty, Glenn Werner, Karin Maag-Tanchak, Mike Jurkovic, Tess Lecuyer, Adam Tedesco, R.M. Engelhardt, Carolee Bennett, Matt Galletta, Bob Sharkey, Jill Crammond, Steven Minchin, Shannon Shoemaker, Casey Fisk, and Brian Dorn. Online signup continues through Monday, April 14

Saturday, April 19
7:00 PM – Word Fest Invitational Slam
The Linda – WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio, 339 Central Ave., Albany
Poetry slam teams from Albany, Suffern, Jersey City, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse are coming together to close out the Word Fest and compete for prizes and bragging rights as we get closer to the National Poetry Slam in August. Tickets are just $10.00 and available now at thelinda.org.

All updates, open mic signup, and event information can be found at http://albanywordfest.com

The 2014 Albany Word Fest is sponsored by Albany Poets, Hudson Valley Writers Guild, Frequency North, Urban Guerrilla Theatre, The Low Beat, McGeary’s, Upstate Artists Guild, Pauly’s Hotel, and the very generous donations of supporters of the arts in upstate New York.

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