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Spoken Word: Poetry & Prose Readings in NYC

New York’s creative artists, poets, rappers, story tellers and authors are out reading their works at these poetry & spoken word nights:
[Disclaimer: Like most things in NYC nightlife, these specials are subject to change, with or without notice. It is always a good idea to check with the venue.]


Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word
Monday Night Open Mic at The Parkside LoungeThe Inspired Word
music, comedy, poetry & spoken word

Cover charge:
$8 for solo performer or audience member
$10 for solo performer or audience member + 1 non-performer friend (online purchase only)
$12 for performance duos (2 performers/one slot)
$12 for solo performer or audience member + 2 non-performer friends (online purchase only)
$15 for bands (3+ performers)
Sign up via eventbrite
Parkside Lounge
317 E. Houston St. (Attorney St.)
New York, NY
(212) 673-6270

Every Third Friday
Titillating Tongues:
NYC Erotica in Poetry & Prose Open Mic
featuring our 20-slot open mic (6 minutes each) open to all types of artists, where you can bring your own heat to the party.
Hosted by the fiery redheaded poet Aimee Herman
The Gallery at LPR (le Poisson Rouge)
158 Bleecker St. (between Sullivan & Thompson St.)
New York, NY

In the years since it opened in 1993, KGB has become something of a New York literary institution. Sunday evening (fiction), Monday evening (poetry), and most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. See calendar

KGB (The Kraine Gallery Bar)
85 E. 4th St. (between Second & Third Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 505-3360

Wednesday Night Slam
Every Wednesday night (except first Wed. of the month) – 9pm
The first 20 poets to sign up will slam & the winner of this night is eligible to perform in the Friday Night Poetry Slam.
Hosted by Jive Poetic
The Nuyorican Friday Night Poetry Slam
Every Friday Night – 10pm
Nuyorican Poets Cafénuyorican-poets-cafe
236 E. 3rd St. (between Ave. B & Ave. C)
New York, NY
(212) 505-8183

Cornelia Street offers some 700 shows a year, two a night, ranging from science to songwriting, from Russian poetry to Latin jazz, from theatre to cabaret.
see calendar for dates.
Cornelia Street Cafe
29 Cornelia St.
(between Bleecker & W. 4th St.) New York, NY
(212) 989-9319

Pete’s Reading Series

Hosted by Mira Jacob & Alison Hart.
Every other Thursday.  see schedule
Pete’s Candy Store
709 Lorimer St. (between Frost & Richardson St.)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(718) 302-3770

Stain of Poetry
Last Friday of every month
Hosts Joanna Penn Cooper, Erika Moya, J. Hope Stein, Jenny Zhang
See schedule
Goodbye Blue Monday
1087 Broadway
Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY

rockys-last_wednesday-readingRocky’s Readings
Readings & open mic
Last Wednesday of every month
Rocky Sullivan’s
34 Van Dyke St. (Dwight St.)
Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY
(718) 246-1793

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6 Responses to “Spoken Word: Poetry & Prose Readings in NYC”

  1. j hollington
    May 23, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    i am an spoken word artist i am a recent winner of ameture night at the apollo theater i would love to perform at any of these venues please contact me through email and let me know any information or opening that any place may have thank you

  2. Amerah
    October 9, 2015 at 11:31 am #


    I am a spoken word artist coming to New York tomorrow for a week, I’d love to come down / grab a slot – I am coming with an arts organisation I work for called Beatfreeks (www.beatfreeks.com)

    Drop me an email if we can connect? 🙂

  3. Carole Meyer
    February 19, 2016 at 9:27 pm #

    I am looking for a place to do a reading from my upcoming novel. E-mail me if you are interested.

  4. Moreau Georges
    May 10, 2016 at 7:13 pm #


    I AM à french poeter, juste wanna read my poetry in Nyc…(translated in english)
    I come especially for this from France, in September, I would need an hour or a couple to read a full work.

    If you are a bit interested, send an email, and I will show you my poems.

    My email : spacypulp @ hotmail.com

    Kisses for America


  5. Carole Meyer
    September 23, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    Hi there, I am looking for an open space to do a reading from my up and coming novel. Feel free to e-mail me at caroleannmeyer@gmail.com

  6. Danny Bau
    January 13, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

    Hey there, I’m looking for a place to share some poems(trying new things, found a passion for poetry)-contact -> dannie2817@Gmail.com

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