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.]


Every Monday:
Louder Arts presents…
“The Slam”
Poetry, Spoken Word, Slams & Guest Poets.
Always an open mic
$5 students/ $6 regular
Sign-up at 7pm, show starts at 7:30
Bar 13 NYCThirteen
35 E.13th St.
(between Broadway & University Pl.)
New York, NY
(212) 979-6677



Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word
Wednesday Night Open Mic  – Music, Comedy, Poetry
30 slots, 7-minute time limit for poets, comedians, storytellers, singers/musicians (pianists, acoustic guitarists, R&B, light rock, jazz, pop, standards, show tunes)
$10 admission for audience & performers.
Reserve via eventbrite. (Online payment GUARANTEES your slot on the open mic list)
Sign-up starts  8:30pm. Every Wednesday: 8:30pm – 12am
Sophie’s at Broadway
318 W. 53rd St. (between 8th & 9th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 757-2323

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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3 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. Don Simmons aka Poetiq1der
    July 31, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    Don Simmons Aka Poetiq1der…Poet/Writer/Performer/Author

  3. elizabeth
    October 9, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

    i am a spoken word artist i have alot of raw talent my poetry is from my emotion i have yet to find a club or place i feel at home to perform

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