The EAR, the almost-PODIUM, & the STAGE
Albuquerque has a tremendously healthy and vibrant poetry scene with a true mainstay of wide-ranging opportunities for people to listen, to share, to be featured…. Periodically, LPG tries to check in to give the low down on opportunities. It can be hard to keep up, so consider this a partial list. Still, if you are looking for a good listen, or open mic to share work, and want to hear the range of strong features in Burque, this will get you started… I’ve organized it according to the calendar: weeklies, monthly by week, quarterlies, and a note of some other opportunities to keep your ears tuned to…
EVERY MONDAY ONGOING
WEST OF SUNSET–Hosted by Wendy Schumann.
Within two weeks of closing the East of Edith open mic series at the Projects, Albuquerque once again proves true to literary resilience and launches a brand NEW poetry open mic to fill the void. WEST OF SUNSET will be held every Mondays from 7-9 pm. This takes place at Wendy’s home, 1585 Cerro Vista SW. ALL poets and poetry lovers welcome. Bring words, potluck or munchies. BYOB. Folding lawn chairs welcome. Gathering is outdoors on patio or inside if it rains. This is the brand new summer successor to the beloved East of Edith readings. For more info, contact wendy dot schumann at gmail dot com.
EVERY SUNDAY MORNING ONGOING
Chatter Sundays at the Kosmos
Chatter Sundays also continues every Sunday with short poetry segments between classical music. 10:30 AM at the Kosmos. See website for details and cost http://chatterchamber.org/sunday/ and be sure to arrive early as sometimes sells out.
FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
POETRY & BEER–Hosted by Damien Flores and Eric Bodwell
At Blackbird Buvette Downtown on Central
Slam and feature in a bar setting 21+. Longstanding series. After multiple venues, the series will soon celebrate its 21st birthday and be old enough to drink! See http://www.abqslams.org/shows/
SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH
Adobe Walls Open Mic & Feature–Hosted by Kenneth Gurney
At Page One Books in NE heights, SW corner of Montgomery & Juan Tabo. Ongoing series with a history of a great features. For more information see website: http://www.kpgurney.me/AdobeWalls/Open_Mic.html
SECOND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH
Speak Poet: Voz, Palabra y Sonido–Hosted by Andrea Serrano
6:30 p.m. 500 Copper NW (corner of 5th and Copper, directly across the street from the Main Library, downtown) Speak, Poet is a venue for poets and spoken word artists to share their work, create community and be inspired. If you’re a mic-veterana/o or a newbie, please come through and bless us with your words! $5 donation suggested but no one turned away. For details see speak poet on FB: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Speak-Poet-Voz-Palabra-y-Sonido/235106453187588
THIRD WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH
Más Poetry–Hosted by Zachary Kluckman
7:00 · Winning Coffee Co. · All ages
Burque’s second-longest running slam was started by Kenn Rodriguez in 1998. A very informal coffee-shop atmosphere invites poems of all styles. See http://www.abqslams.org/shows
THIRD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH
DIME STORIES–Hosted by Jennifer Simpson and Merimee Moffitt
Flash prose open mic 7-9 PM. Strictly timed 3 minute slots allow readers to share short prose. Audience votes best of night. Audio of winners archived online. Part of a larger national movement stemming from San Diego. at The Source 1111 Carlisle Blvd SE.(one mile south of Central Ave.– be sure you stay on Carlisle!) New voices always welcome! Some of us are brand new to the writing and reading out loud scene, and some of us are regulars, we’re all writers. Suggested donation: $3 at the door . See their website at http://dimestories.org/live-events/albuquerque/
FOURTH THURSDAY OF THE MONTH
FIXED & FREE–Hosted by Billy Brown
Featured reading and open mic. Show at 7:00 and signups twenty minutes ahead at The Source, 1111 Carlisle SE, Albuquerque in The Garden Room. Suggested donation of $ 2-5 There is a 5 minute limit on the open “mike” and Billy provides delicious pastries, including something chocolate! Plus water and tea. Billy is also one of the people who has a listserve promoting events in Albuquerque which you can reach by writing to him at welbert53 at aol dot com.
LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH
Final Friday –Hosted by Jasmine Cuffee and Damien Flores
You guessed it · 7:00 · Winning Coffee Co. · All ages
The newest poetry slam and open mic in the ABQSlams family.
Hosted by Jasmine Cuffee and Damien Flores. See http://www.abqslams.org/shows
AND MANY MORE OPPORTUNITIES…
Quarterly Readings include OUTSPOKEN , Albuquerque’s queer slam, feature, and open mic hosted by Erin Northern each quarter on a Saturday at six pm. Find them on FB or see http://www.abqslams.org/shows/ as well as the DUENDE POETRY SERIES, a featured reading at the Anasazi Fields Winery in Placitas each quarter on Sundays.
Other opportunities include, Carlos Contreras’ series called “I’ll Drink To That.” There’s also youth slam and a wide range of other activities at Warehouse 508.
Don’t forget to watch out for special events at Bookworks, Harwood, Outpost, Air Dance, The Tannex, UNM, The Brickyard, the Filling Station, 516 ARTS, and beyond…
Keep it up ABQ!
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