The Top 5 Poetry Events In New York City

Here a list of some really great Poetry events happening in New York City! Please let us know how your experience was with each event. Please don’t forget the best open mic in New York City is happening on Friday July 31st, 2015.


Some of the best open mic’s and poetry readings in NYC as follows. Please be sure to always check with the venue to make sure the show is going down! We want to make sure that you have a wel rounded experience with the Poetry Scene in New York City! We will be traveling more as well in the coming months so we plan to cover the Country.

The Street Poets Den

87 4th Ave.

Brooklyn, New York 10003

The cover is $10 to enter the Street Poets Den, and it features free drinks, a smoking area, open discussion, food, and a open mic all night. Some of the hottest Artist taking their craft very seriously have found their start at The Street Poets Den. The Next is event is on Friday July 31st, 2015!!

The Starving Artist Cafe
249 City Island Ave

Bronx, NY 10464

(718) 885-3779

While primarily a music venue on most nights, on the last Friday of each month at 8 p.m., the Starving Artist holds an open mic night. Poets, writers and comedians join in with singers and songwriters to provide a variety of entertainment. Performers will find a listening audience, accustomed to giving its full attention to whomever has the stage. The best thing about the Artist is the food – owner Elliott Glick makes the best hamburger in New York City.

The Nuyorican Cafe

236 East Third Avenue

New York, NY 10009

(212) 780-9386

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe has held poetry competitions, or “slams,” since 1989, however the venue’s history dates back to the early 70s when it served as a living room to poet Miguel Algarin. Now, poets may compete at the non-profit cafe on Wednesday nights for eligibility to perform in the Friday night slam. Winners of Friday night slams go on to compete in semi-finals, the finals winner is sent to compete in the National Poetry Slam in which teams and individuals from around the continent compete. For a more low-key event, visit the cafe after midnight on Friday for the Open Room. Each poet may read one poem into the microphone at the Open Room, and there are no judges.

The Poets House

10 River Terrace

New York, NY 10282


Price: $10 for non-members, $7 for students andseniors and free for members

Poet’s House is a National Poetry Library and Literacy Center with a collection of over 50,000 volumes of poetry. The venue houses many resources for poetry, but also specializes in spoken word events. Each month, Poet’s House is home to at least a half dozen speakers. Topics include poets discussing original works, speakers discussing famous poets of the past such as Shakespeare and Milton, and experts who explain the latest trends in contemporary poetry.

The Bowery Poetry Club

308 Bowery

New York, NY 10012

(212) 614-0505
The Bowery Poetry Club is a haven for edgy poets and some very talented performers. All forms of poetry, from urban and spiritual to confessional and political, are represented at this venue. The club also boasts a beverage menu with mixed drinks named after famous poets. Mix you up a Robert Frosty, anyone? In addition to the regular, ticketed shows, there are free events such as “Book in Hand” readings where a particular poet’s book is passed around the table and participants each read a selection. A little music gets mixed in there as well. Open mics are on Mondays at 10 p.m. and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Check out the video links to see some very talented performers and to get an excellent idea of what one can expect at the club.

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