2012 Albany Wordfest
2012 Albany Wordfest, Founded In 2000 By R.M. Engelhardt












In celebration of National Poetry Month, Albany Poets is proud to present the 2012 Albany Word Fest featuring the poetry, spoken word, and music of upstate New York.  This year’s event will be a week-long extravaganza featuring Open Mics, Featured Poets, Nitty Gritty Slam, Urban Guerilla Theatre, Haiku Battle, Metroland’s Best Poets, Karaoke + Poetry = Fun, and much, much more.

Thom Francis, Albany Poets President, says, “When we started this event ten years ago on a Saturday afternoon in Thatcher Park, we never thought it would become one of the biggest ‘mark-your-calendar’ events of each and every year. We are very proud of how we have been able to continue hosting one of the biggest poetry open mics in upstate New York for over ten years.”

Poets who wish to participate in the open mic can sign up online by going to the Albany Word Fest website, www.albanywordfest.com starting on Thursday, March 15 until Sunday, April 15.  Performers will also have a limited opportunity to sign up at the event itself.  Each poet will have 10 -15 minutes to share their work. The open mic is open to all poets and spoken word artists with no style or content restrictions. 

The 2012 Albany Word Fest is sponsored by Albany Poets, Urban Guerilla Theatre, Hudson Valley Writers Guild, Valentines, McGeary’s, and the very generous donations of supporters of the arts in upstate New York.


For more information on the individual events of this Word Fest go to www.albanywordfest.com.

Schedule of Events:

Sunday, April 15
2:00 PM – Pitchapalooza
The College of Saint Rose, Standish Rooms, Saint Rose Events and Athletics Center, 420 Western Ave., Albany
Pitchapalooza is American Idol for books (only without Simon). Twenty writers will be selected at random to pitch their book. Each writer gets one minute—and only one minute! In the last month, three writers have gotten publishing deals as a result of participating in Pitchapalooza.

6:00 PM- Word Fest Family Potluck and Kickoff
McGeary’s, 4 Clinton Square, Albany
Join Albany Poets as we kick off Word Fest week with a cocktail party / meet and greet with an Albany Poets Founders Reading at McGeary’s, home of Poets Speak Loud.

Monday, April 16
8:00 PM- Saint Poem Reading Series
UAG Gallery, 247 Lark St., Albany
Host R.M. Engelhardt’s monthly open mic for new & experimental poetry/the spoken word featuring a tribute,

TRANSCENDENTAL to poet e.e. cummings.












Tuesday, April 17
7:00 PM- Nitty Gritty Slam
Valentines, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany
Albany’s poetry slam continues with host Mojavi and Slam Master Dain Brammage.

Wednesday, April 18
7:00 PM- Yes! Word Fest Communal Reading Experiment
Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany
A special, experimental, Word Fest edition of Yes, Reading!

Thursday, April 19
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 Christopher The Poet.

Friday, April 20
7:00 PM- Urban Guerilla Theatre
The Linda, 339 Central Ave., Albany
Albany Poets is very proud to team with UGT for the very special April / Poetry Month / Word Fest edition of Urban Guerilla Theatre.

Saturday, April 21
10:30 AM-2012 Word Fest Open Mic
Albany Public Library Main Branch, Washington Ave., Albany
The annual Word Fest Open Mic will take place from 10:30am – 5pm featuring Metroland’s Best Poets of 2012, the finals of the Haiku Battle, special open mic sessions for children, high school students, and adults. Signup begins online on Thursday, March 15. More details to come.

7:00 PM-Karaoke + Poetry = Fun
Valentines, 17 New Scotland Ave., Albany
We head home to close out the 2012 Word Fest with featured poets from the Nitty Gritty Slam, music from some of the finest local talent, the return of Daniel Nester’s Karaoke + Poetry = Fun, and much more.


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