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Albany Word Fest
Monday, Apr 17, 2017 until Saturday, Apr 22, 2017
Various Locations Around Albany, NY
Donations at Most Events; Tickets for Word Fest Invitational
For the 16th year, Albany Poets is proud to present the Albany Word Fest featuring the poetry and spoken word of upstate New York. This year’s event will take place Monday, April 17 – Saturday, April 22, 2017.
Schedule of Events
Monday, April 17
6:30 PM – An Evening of Poetry and Prose
On Monday, April 17 the Word Fest will be at the Hudson River Coffee House on Quail Street for “An Evening of Poetry and Prose” featuring readings from regional poets and writers, hosted by Harvey Havel.
Tuesday, April 18
7:00 PM – Nitty Gritty Slam Haiku Battle
The festival continues with the return of the Haiku Battle. This event pits two poets against each other on stage in a battle of 17 syllables. This wonderfully popular event has brought many “page poets” out to showcase their work and their performance chops at Word Fest over the past three years. Participation is limited to the first 16 poets who sign up.
Wednesday, April 19
7:00 PM – Albany Poets Presents R.M. Engelhardt
For Wednesday night, April 19, the Word Fest goes to New Scotland Ave for Albany Poets Presents as we welcome Albany Poets and Word Fest founder R.M. Engelhardt as our featured reader.
Thursday, April 20
7:00 PM – Third Thursday Poetry Night
The poetry heads down Central Ave. to the Social Justice Center with the Third Thursday Poetry Night hosted by Dan Wilcox. This monthly poetry series, one of the longest running mics in the region, welcomes poets to step up to the mic and share their work along with featured reader Kathleen McCoy.
7:00 PM – Lark Street Poetry Walk
Join Daniel Nester and The College of Saint Rose students Thursday evening as they walk Lark Street and recite poetry on the every corner.
Friday, April 21
7:00 PM – Readings Against the End of the World
The annual Word Fest Open Mic will be making a few changes this year as Albany Poets and the English Department at UAlbany are reviving the 24-hour reading event, Readings Against the End of the World, to benefit the South End Children’s Café.
Online sign up for individuals and groups will be available at albanywordfest.com beginning in mid-March. Organizations interested in having a table can contact Albany Poets at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Saturday, April 22
7:00 PM – Word Fest Invitational Slam
On Saturday, April 22, the Word Fest comes to an end as Nitty Gritty Slam welcomes teams from all over the Northeast to compete in the Word Fest Invitational Slam starting at 7:00 p.m. at Troy Kitchen in downtown Troy.
Registration and ticket information will be announced soon.