FEST: Albany Word Fest Kicks Off Tonight


April is National Poetry Month and in celebration, Albany Poets are presenting the 2018 Albany Word Fest featuring the poets and spoken word artists of Greater Nippertown during a week-long series of events that kicks off today (Monday, April 16).

“Every year we celebrate National Poetry Month right here in Albany to highlight all of the talented writers, artists, and performers we have in the area,” said Thom Francis, Albany Poets President. “We want to honor the rich and vibrant poetry and spoken word community of Upstate New York.”

Here’s the schedule of events for the 2018 Albany Word Fest:

The Word Fest Night of Features
Hudson River Coffee House, Albany
The festival kicks off with an evening of poetry and prose featuring regional poets and writers Harvey Havel, Danielle Pouliot, Adam Tedesco, Joe Krausman, Poetyc Visionz and Olivia McKee. Hosted by Brian Dorn.

D. Colin
Restaurant Navona, Albany
The Greater Nippertown poet, writer, artist and performer shares her work and then offers a Q&A session about life, inspirations, writing and more.

Third Thursday Poetry Night
Social Justice Center, Albany
W.D. Clarke will be the featured reader. The evening also features an open mic for poets.

FRIDAY (APRIL 20), 7pm
Readings Against the End of the World
UAlbany Downtown Campus’ Husted Hall Cafe, Albany
The biggest event of the 2018 Albany Word Fest is the 24-hour read-a-thon to benefit the South End Children’s Cafe. All word-lovers and writers are invited to share readings – original work or favorite passages, poems and rants, raps and stories, spoken word and personal visions – during the marathon reading that features open mic sessions, featured readings and the launch of the sixth issue of Up the River.

SUNDAY (APRIL 22), 2pm
Word Fest Invitational Slam
Troy Kitchen, Troy
The Word Fest wraps up the Nitty Gritty Slam welcomes teams from all over the Northeast to compete for prizes and bragging rights in the sixth annual Word Fest slam session.

MOVE MUSIC FESTIVAL @ various locations, Albany, April 28
ALBANY TULIP FESTIVAL @ Washington Park, Albany, May 12 & 13, FREE
518 SONGFEST @ The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, Albany, May 18
DISC JAM MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Gardner’s Farm, Stephentown, June 7-10
A TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 8-10
CAPITAL PRIDE FESTIVAL @ Washington Park, Albany, June 10, FREE
MOUNTAIN JAM @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 15-17
CLEARWATER’S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL @ Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, June 16 & 17
OLD SONGS FESTIVAL OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC & DANCE @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, June 22-24
FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, June 23 & 24
COUNTRYFEST @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, July 7
GREY FOX BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, July 19-22
FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 14-16
PEARLPALOOZA @ North Pearl Street, Albany, September 15, FREE
OUTLAW MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, September 23

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