Here’s a relatively comprehensive list of various literary events and activities happening throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Needless to say, we’re doing the best we can, we can’t get everything, and the best way to stay informed is to like us on Facebook,  follow us on Twitter, and take advantage of other resources.


I. MORE RESOURCES
II. WRITING GROUPS
III. OPEN MICS
IV. READINGS AND OTHER PERFORMANCES



MORE RESOURCES

LOCAL LITERARY RESOURCES

The best way to stay aware and informed of literary events going on here in the Valley is to  join the Phoenix Poetry Events group on Facebook (administrated by Aaron Johnson and Bob Nelson). The Arizona State Poetry Society (run by President Carol Christy White) also sends a missive out at the beginning of every month that is extremely helpful. Changing Hands Bookstore and Lawn Gnome Publishing host a ton of events. Hermitag/e is another group to be aware of, too. It’s also worth noting that the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Phoenix Art Museum, and The Shemer Art Center and Museum have all collaborated with authors in the past and are good people to check in with from time to time as well.

LOCAL CULTURAL RESOURCES

More generally speaking, we might also recommend: joining PHX Downtown facebook; following Tempe Starving Artist and Grand Avenue; subscribing to the Downtown Phoenix Journal and Roosevelt Row Newsletter; reading the Phoenix New Times, JAVA, Localrevibe, YabYum Music and Arts, Things to Do in Phoenix, Between the Peaks Phoenix, and Valley Hype; visiting Welcome to Phoenix; tuning into  Radio Phoenix; and, for music, Silver Platter. We might also encourage you to peruse our likes and follows on our social media profiles too.

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WRITING GROUPS

Organized by geographical location first; day of the week second; frequency third

CENTRAL/DOWNTOWN — EAST — WEST — NORTH — SOUTH

CENTRAL/DOWNTOWN PHOENIX

THE CENTRAL PHOENIX WRITING WORKSHOP  (also on Facebook) meets:

The PHOENIX WRITERS’ CLUB meets the third Saturday of each month from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at The Bluewater Grill (1720 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix AZ 85016; contact Eileen Birin). Please note that, while you have to buy lunch,the Phoenix Writers’ Club brings in guest speakers and you will also probably be hungry to boot.

 

EAST

The POETRY ROUND TABLE meets the second Monday of each month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Changing Hands (6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe AZ 85283). 7-8 hard copies please. Contact Patte at jedesign2004@yahoo.com for more information.

A PRIVATE WRITING GROUP generally meets the second Monday of each month from 6:45pm to 9:00pm at The Pyle Adult Recreation Center (655 E Southern Ave, Tempe AZ 85282). Contact Cynthia at cyn.edlow@cox.net for more information.

The EAST VALLEY WRITING WORKSHOP meets:

WRITER’S ROUND TABLE meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 6:00pm to 8:45pm at Changing Hands (6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe AZ 85283). 8 – 10 double spaced copies, 1000 words max please. RSVP required. Contact Shari Broyer at shariannegaylee@gmail.com for more information/to RSVP.

 

WEST

WRITERS ROUND TABLE OF PHOENIX meets every first and third Wednesday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Barnes and Noble (7685 W. Bell Rd., Glendale AZ 85382; contact Walter Goralski or Penina Spinka), but please note that it’s a closed group that shares work in advance and you’ll need to register before you can attend.

WEST VALLEY WRITER’S CRITIQUE GROUP meets every Thursday from 6:15pm to 9:00pm at Gangplank Avondale (525. N. Central Ave., Avondale AZ 85323; moderated by John Daleiden)

GLENDALE POETS (hosted by Carol Hogan) meet every second Saturday at 2:30 pm at Shot of Java (7003 N. 58th Ave., Glendale AZ 85301).

 

NORTH

SCOTTSDALE MUSTANG POETS meet the second Monday of each month from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Mustang Library (10101 N. 90th St., Scottsdale AZ 85258). 6 – 9 hard copies please.

 

SOUTH

SOUTH PHOENIX WRITERS UNITED meets every Thursday from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Denny’s (1994 W. Baseline Rd., Tempe AZ 85282; contact Sandy Wright)

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OPEN MICS

Organized by day first, frequency second, time third, and alphabetical fourth

SUNDAYSMONDAYSTUESDAYSWEDNESDAYSTHURSDAYSFRIDAYSSATURDAYS

SUNDAYS

HOMEBASE POETRY (hosted by Harold Branch) is one of the Valley’s longest running open mics and takes place the first and third Sunday of each month from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at The Renaissance Hotel (50. E. Adams St., Phoenix AZ 85004). Please note that, if there is a modest cover charge, it is because they are playing awesome music.

INFUSE OPEN MIC (hosted by Jason Lalli) takes place the second Sunday of each month from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Phoenix Center for the Arts (1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix AZ 85004)

The ARIZONA CONSORTIUM FOR THE ARTS OPEN MIC (hosted by Kim “Max” White) takes place the fourth Sunday of each month from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Dog Eared Pages (16428 N. 32nd St. Suite 111 Phoenix, AZ 85032).

The SQUASH BLOSSOM OPEN MIC (hosted by Ken Weene) takes place the fourth Sunday of each month from 4:00pm to 7:00 pm at Squash Blossom (705 N. 1st St., Phoenix AZ 85004). Please note that each performer tends to get about seven minutes, so bring some material. To sign up ahead of time, feel free to e-mail Ken at ken_weene@cox.net

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MONDAYS

CULTIV8N CULTURE (hosted by Adam Beltracchi and Main Ke) takes place every Monday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at Fair Trade Cafe (1020 N. 1st Ave., Phoenix AZ 85003)

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TUESDAYS

WORDS IN THE ALLEY (hosted by MC Tristan Marshell) takes place the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at Shot of Java (7003 N. 58th Ave., Glendale AZ 85301; with features!).

THE UPTOWN PEN (hosted by Jake Friedman) takes place the second Tuesday of each month from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at Practical Art (5070 N. Central Ave., Phoenix AZ 85012; with features and snacks!)

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WEDNESDAYS

WALK-IN WEDNESDAYS (hosted by Walt Richardson) takes place every Wednesday from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at Tempe Center for the Arts (700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe AZ 85281)

ASIDE OF HEART OPEN MIC (alternately hosted by Amy Ouzoonian and Neil Gearns) takes places every Wednesday from 8:00pm to 10:00pm at Aside of Heart (901 N. 5th St., Phoenix AZ 85004).

YARNBALL STORYTELLING MIC (hosted by Dan Hull) takes place every Wednesday from 8:00pm to 10:00pm at Lawn Gnome Books (905 N. 5th St., Phoenix AZ 85004).

JAVA AFTER DARK OPEN MIC (hosted by Joy Young and Alli Shepler) takes place the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Terra Java (3619 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix AZ 85018).

The TINY MESA POETRY SLAM (hosted by Bob Nelson) takes place the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Lo Fi Coffee (105 W. Main St., Mesa AZ 85201)

FREE ASSOCIATION POETRY (hosted by Shawnte Orion) takes place the third Wednesday of each month from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at Glendale Community College (6000 W. Olive Ave. Rm 104, Glendale AZ 85302; with features!)

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THURSDAYS

The PHOENIX POETRY SLAM takes place every Thursday from 8:00pm to 10:00pm at Lawn Gnome Books (905 N. 5th St., Phoenix AZ 85004).

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FRIDAYS

CAFFEINE CORRIDOR (hosted by Jack Evans, Shawnte Orion and Bill Campana) is one of the Valley’s longest-running open mics and takes place the second Friday of each month from 6:45pm to 9:00pm at 9 the Gallery (1229 W. Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007; with features!).

ORGANIC: POETRY + MUSIC (hosted by Jules Dinehdeal) is experimental poetry noise that takes place the second Friday of each month at 9:23pm at the Firehouse (1015 N First Street Phoenix AZ 85004)

FIRESTAGE (hosted by Ernesto Moncada) takes place the third Friday of each month from 8:00pm to 10:00pm at the Firehouse (1015 N. 1st St., Phoenix AZ 85004).

The BALBOA POET HOUSE (hosted by Deborah Berman and Joe Montano III) takes place the fourth Friday of each month from 8:00 to 10:00 pm at The Balboa Poet House (2197 E. Balboa Drive, Tempe, AZ 85282; with features and snacks!)

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SATURDAYS

PHONETIC SPIT OPEN MIC (hosted by Tomas J. Stanton) takes place the third Saturday of each month from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at Burton Barr Public Library, 4th Floor (1221 N. Central Ave., Phoenix AZ 85004) and, while focused on youth, is open to everybody!

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READINGS AND OTHER PERFORMANCES

Organized by day first, frequency second

The ASU MFA READING SERIES takes place select Thursdays throughout the spring semester at The Tavern on Mill (404 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281; contact allegra dot hyde at gmail dot com for more information). Specifically:

JANUARY 6th: Michael Holladay, Reese Conner, and Corey Campbell

JANUARY 13th: Alexandra Comeaux and Naomi Telushkin

JANUARY 20th: Elissa Hutson, Lauren Espinoza, and Heath Wilcock

FIRST FRIDAY POETRY takes places the first Friday of each month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Changing Hands (6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe AZ 85283; with open mic after!)

STORYLINE (hosted by Dan Hull) takes place the third Friday of each month from 10:30 pm to 12:00 am at Space 55 (636 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85004)

The PHOENIX POETRY SERIES (hosted by Nadine Lockheart and Rosemarie Dombrowski) takes place the fourth Friday of each month from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at 9 the Gallery (1229 W. Grand Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007)

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