Poetry Open Mic night: first wednesday of the month
Doors and open mic SIGN-UP 6:30 PM / READINGS 7:00 – 9:00 PM
ADULTS $5 / STUDENTS FREE
HOSTED BY CAROL GRASER
Two short poems (less than one page) or one longer poem, with a limit of 5 minutes altogether.
A featured poet(s) reads for 20 minutes. Featured poets are booked by host Carol Graser. Generally, our features are established, published poets and/or have made significant public contributions to the regional poetry scene.
march Feature: Jay Rogoff
Jay Rogoff has published seven books of poetry, including The Cutoff, which won the Word Works Washington Prize, and, from Louisiana State University Press, The Long Fault, The Art of Gravity, Enamel Eyes, and, most recently, Loving in Truth: New and Selected Poems. His new book, Becoming Poetry: Poets and Their Methods, has received the Lewis P. Simpson Award for outstanding literary criticism. His poetry and criticism have appeared widely, in such places as AGNI, Georgia Review, Hopkins Review, Kenyon Review, Salmagundi, and Southern Review.
A longtime dance critic, Rogoff is working on Balanchine Is Now! an exploration of how George Balanchine’s ballets express interior human life, and on a book length poem. He lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.
april Feature: Susan Jefts
Susan Jefts returned in 2021 to the southern Adirondacks to build a home on family forest land overlooking Lake George. Her collection of poems, Breathing Lessons, was published in 2023 by Shanti Arts Publishers. Her work has been published in many anthologies and journals including A Slant of Light, Birchsong II, Quiet Diamonds, Poems in the Time of Covid, Plant-Human Quarterly, BlueStone Review, Blue Line Literary Magazine, Parnassus, Big City Lit, Best of Burlington Writers, The Gardan Journal, Zig Zag Magazine, and Fired Up, among others. She works as an editor of manuscripts and writes a poetry column. She also leads workshops using poetry to explore what we find meaningful and sacred in our lives, and to deepen our felt connections to the vital world of forests, mountains, and water. Her website is SusanJefts.com
May Feature: Darcy Smith
Darcy Smith’s debut collection, River Skin, Fernwood Press June 2022, was a semifinalist for the Hillary Gravendyk Prize. Recent poems appear and are forthcoming in River Heron Review, Silver Birch Press, After Happy Hour, Metonym, and Songs Of Eretz. Awards include the Please See Me Mental Health Poetry Prize and the Medmic Poetry Prize. She is a Certified Sign Language Interpreter, Buddhist, kickboxer, wife, and mother. Smith lives with her husband and their cat, Miley, in New York’s Hudson Valley. For more information visit: www.darcysmith.org