©2019 by Stephen Schwei


There are places I've found where I can regularly read my poems at "open mic" nights, share them in workshops and obtain feedback, or generally share and discuss poetry with other people who have an interest.  These are some of them.

  • First Friday of every month (except October) - at Inprint, Houston, TX.  Open mic after the featured reader.  About five minutes per poet.

  • Write Club: Houston - workshops for poetry, fiction, and basically any genre, generally held two or more times per month at various locations.  Formats vary, with some being short works and some longer.  Look for the group on meetup.com.

  • Poets and Lovers of Poetry - Third Sunday of every month at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, Houston, in an upstairs classroom at 9:45am.  People share their own works or poems they like. 


  • Fix Coffeehouse - twice a month most months (this one is new to me, so I'm not sure of the schedule yet).  Open mic for one poem per poet after the featured reader(s).

  • Guava Lamp - Houston gay bar welcoming everybody.  Monday night open mic with signup around 9pm and performances starting at 9:30 or 10pm.  Poetry, music, comedy are all fine

  • Poets NW - in northwest Houston, meets the third Saturday of every month in the mornings.  Check out poetsnw.com.  Various formats.

  • Paris Lit Up - open mic at Cabaret Populaire/Culture Rapide in Paris, every Thursday starting around 8:30pm.  Music, poetry, comedy, etc.  Look for "PLU Open Mic" on meetup.com.

  • Spoken Word Paris - open mic at Chat Noir in Paris, every Monday, starting sign-up at 8pm and readings at 8:30pm.  Sign up early if you don't want to go on late.  Check out spokenwordparis.org for themes.  Some music and comedy, but mostly poetry.