FEST: Albany Word Fest, A Week of Readings

April 12th, 2017, 10:00 am by Greg

April is National Poetry Month, which also means it’s time for the return of the Albany Word Fest. The 16th annual fest takes over Greater Nippertown from Monday-Saturday, April 17-22.

As usual there are a number of poetry events scheduled during the week. Of particular note is the return of the Readings Against the End of the World, which seems quite appropos right about now. The tireless Tom Nattell – who died in 2005 – organized and hosted the annual 24-hour open mic marathon at various locations around Albany from 1984-1993. Now seems like the right time to revive it. Feel free to sign up to read or just come to listen…

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Here’s the complete 2017 Albany Word Fest schedule:

Monday, April 17, 6:30pm
An Evening of Poetry and Prose hosted by Harvey Havel
Hudson River Coffee House, Albany

Tuesday, April 18, 7pm
Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam: Haiku Battle
The Low Beat, Albany

Wednesday, April 19, 7pm
Albany Poets Presents R.M. Engelhardt
Restaurant Navona, Albany

Thursday, April 20, 7pm
Lark Street Poetry Walk led by Daniel Nester
Starts at CDTA bus stop at Washington Avenue Armory, Albany

Thursday, April 20, 7pm
Third Thursday Poetry Night hosted by Dan Wilcox and featuring Kathleen McCoy
Albany Social Justice Center, Albany

Friday, April 21, 7pm
Readings Against the End of the World 24-Hour Open Mic
UAlbany’s Husted Hall CafĂ©, Albany

Saturday, April 22, 7pm
Word Fest Invitational Slam
Troy Kitchen, Troy

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS:
MOVE MUSIC FESTIVAL @ various locations, Cohoes, Troy & Albany, April 27-29
ALBANY TULIP FESTIVAL @ Washington Park, Albany, May 13 & 14, FREE
FREEDOM FEST 2017 @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, May 20
FLY 92.3’s SUMMER JAM 2017 @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, June 3
A TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 9-11
BIKES, BREWS & BBQ @ Wood Park, Lake George, June 10
MOUNTAIN JAM @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 16-18
CLEARWATER’S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL @ Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, June 17 & 18
SOLID SOUND @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, June 23-25
FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, June 24 & 25
COUNTRYFEST 2017 @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, July 8
GREY FOX BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, July 13-16
FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 15-17
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 16 & 17, FREE