Where: Bambou Lounge in Rice Village/ 2540 University Blvd, Houston, TX
What: Biggest poetry open mic in town. When big poetry names come to town, it’s often to this spot. Club attire and vibe.
Fee: $20 entry (unless you know somebody)
Where: Bohemeos Café/ 708 Telephone Rd, Houston, TX
What: Every 2nd Monday of the Month , SCEF hosts an open mic for poetry, music, dance, etc. Relaxed, artsy, and comfy vibe
Where: Taft Street Coffee/ 2115 Taft St, Houston, TX
What: Used to be a church but is now a cafe and art house- very clean kind of funk vibe- many of the poets here perform in Countercrawl or collab on performance poetry pieces
Starts: 8pm- 10pm
Where: Notsuohs/ 314 Main Street, Houston, TX
What: Grungy artsy, heckler poet veterans. Raw performances. Slam Teams come through here as well. I come here when I want to do my vulgar, raunchy, personal stuff. Ha! Cheap drinks. Podcasted live online
Starts: About 10:30pm
not sure of any open mics– so use this day to write!
Where: Secret Word Café/ 2016 Dowling St, Houston, TX
What: Slam Poets spot. It’s a smoothie shop. Very intimate and inviting. The owner, Nef, is a very sweet talented poetess herself. Community Discussions hosted here as well.
Stop in anytime & your bound to run into some poetic types!
Woosh! There are many Special Events that go on as well- if you look up Outspoken Bean, he just started a Houston VIP series at Boomtown Coffee (242 West 19th, Houston, Texas 77008). Attendees can support by watching, listening, and judging poems every 4th Saturday in the historic Houston Heights!