It’s National Poetry Month, a time when many poets challenge themselves to write 30 poems in 30 days. Whether or not you’ve taken on that challenge, Philadelphia area poets have plenty of options for sharing those poems once they have written them.
Rhythm and Verse Salon meets on the third Thursday of every month at the Daily Grind Cafe, The Pavilion, 261 Old York Road, Main Level, Jenkintown. Each month, featured guests read or play music, and other participants are invited to share their work afterwards. Writers and artists are also invited to the cafe each Friday afternoon to chat and share books and CDs for sale.
Mad Poets Society hosts open mics and readings in Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Chester, and Delaware Counties that are open to poets and prose writers alike. Upcoming events include a series of readings at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Philadelphia.
Coffee After Dark is a poetry open mic event held at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at the DeLink Social Club, 4172 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia. Admission is $5 for performers and $10 for everyone else. Poets are advised to arrive early, since the list fills quickly.
Open Words Norristown takes place on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Jus’ Java, 1601 Dekalb Street, Norristown. Doors open at 7 and showtime is 8 p.m. Admission is $5. The event is hosted by Mydera “SpeakMeFree” Robinson and Philadelphia poet Christopher K.P. Brown.
Philly Youth Poetry Night is held the third Saturdays of every month at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia. Admission is $7 for youth and $10 for adults. The recurring event, sponsored by the Philly Youth Poetry Movement, features an open stage for those who’d like to sign up to share their words.
Live at the Writers House is a collaboration of the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania and WXPN (88.5 FM). Six times annually between September and April, the Writers House airs a one-hour broadcast of poetry, music and spoken-word art. To find out more about participating (or being in the audience), contact series producer Alli Katz (firstname.lastname@example.org) c/o “LIVE at the Writers House,” 3805 Locust Walk, Philadelphia PA 19104-6150.
Look for more events at Poetry247.com, PhillyPoetry.org and Apiary Magazine’s Philly Lit Calendar.
This is part of a series on writer resources in the Philadelphia area:
Where Writers Meet and Learn in the Greater Philadelphia Area
Celebrate National Poetry Month in the Philadelphia Area