April is National Poetry Month, and in celebration Albany Poets is presenting the 2016 Albany Word Fest featuring the poetry and spoken word of upstate New York. This year’s week-long celebration will take place from Sunday (April 17) through Saturday, April 23.
“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,” said Thom Francis, president of Albany Poets. “Whether you would like to take in a featured performance from a touring national spoken word artist, celebrate the launch of the fourth edition of Up The River, attend a regional poetry slam, or be part of one of the largest annual open mics in the area, the Albany Word Fest is the place for you.”
Word Fest week will kick-off with the release of the fourth edition of Albany Poets’ literary journal, Up The River. The editors will debut their selections on Sunday (April 17) evening at McGeary’s Pub with a reading featuring by some of the published poets including Wayne Murphy, Stephen Minchin, Gary Murrow, Sandra Rouse, Howard Kogan, Tess Lecuyer, Alyssa D’Amico and Gary Barkman.
Kevin Peterson, Albany Poets board member and Up The River editor says, “Every year, we put on this week long series of events, and year after year, I’m blown away by the talent and creativity it draws out from our community and the literary community at large.”
Here’s the schedule of events around town for the 2016 Albany Word Fest: