Albany Word Fest 2017

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The Albany Word Fest returns April 17-22 this year. It's a celebration of National Poetry Month and includes multiple events around the area. Blurbage:

"Every year we celebrate National Poetry Month right here in Albany and each year we add more to the list of events. What started as a one-day outdoor open mic in 2001 has become a full week of poetry and spoken word. There is something for everyone." Thom Francis, Albany Poets President, said, "Whether you would like to take in a featured performance, celebrate the launch of the fifth edition of Up The River, attend a regional poetry slam, or be part of the return of the Readings Against the End of the World 24-hour open mic, the Albany Word Fest is the place for you."

Here's a quick look at the schedule so far...

Monday, April 17: Night of Features - Sylvia Barnard, Brian Dorn, Jacqueline Kirkpatrick, Daniel Nester, & Darian Gooden
Hudson River Coffee House, 227 Quail Street, Albany 7 pm

Tuesday, April 18: Nitty Gritty Slam Haiku Battle
The Low Beat, 335 Central Ave., Albany 7 pm

Wednesday, April 19: Albany Poets Presents R.m. Engelhardt
Restaurant Navona, 289 New Scotland Ave., Albany 7 pm

Thursday, April 20: Lark Street Poetry Walk
Washington Ave. Armory CDTA stop, Albany 7 pm

Thursday, April 20:Third Thursday Poetry Night featuring Kathleen McCoy
Albany Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany 7 pm

Friday, April 21: Readings Against the End of the World 24-hour Open Mic
Husted Hall Café on the UAbany Downtown Campus, Western Ave., Albany 7 pm

Saturday, April 22: Word Fest Invitational Slam
Troy Kitchen, 77 Congress Street, Troy 7 pm

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