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Poet Alert: Open Mics Around Town

Poet Alert: Open Mics Around Town
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Interested in hearing poetry, reading poetry or both? Local poet Deniz Deecolonize Lopez has compiled this list of the open mics around town.

DOntheMicphoto of Deecolonize on the Mic by Blanca A. Alanis

Sunday Nights
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)
Starts: 7:30pm

Monday Nights
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
Starts: 8pm

Tuesday Nights
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

Wednesday Nights
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

Thursday Nights
not sure of any open mics– so use this day to write!

Other Nights
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!

5 Responses to Poet Alert: Open Mics Around Town

  1. Nefertari December 9, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Keep up the good work Poets

  2. Marcell February 4, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Boomtown coffee has a slam the 4th Satruday of the month. The next poetry slam is Feb 23 at 7 pm 242 west 19th in the Heights.

  3. The Kyle Blue February 4, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Bambou is $10 cover. Secret Word is not free.

  4. dee February 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks for the info Tania! I know there are many things popping up that I didn’t get to mention! It would be great to add on to this list! More poetry! More artistry!

  5. tania rivas February 4, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    There is a new Open Mic Thursdays at Waldos in the Heights! FREE show, $5 byob. Poets, Singer/songwriters, rappers, instrumentalists, interpretive dancers all welcome. 7- 9:30pm.


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