Open Mic & Readings

The Poetry Institute of New Haven is one of the best places to hear and share poetry in Connecticut!

Uniquely venerable surroundings combine with a welcoming atmosphere making every reading an unforgettable event

What makes it even better?  The venue is surrounded by a vibrant local restaurant scene. Catch a poetry reading before or after a delicious dinner in New Haven!

Third Thursday Open Mic and Feature Reading Information*

When: Third Thursday of each month

Where: The Institute Library 847 Chapel Street New Haven CT

Format:  (with rare situational exception)

Doors open at 6:30

Open Mic begins at 7:00

We take a short social break and then enjoy are reading from Featured Poet (about 20 minutes)

Feature Poet Q&A

Our Open Mic is unique in that we invite only 1 poem or selection per person up to 3 minutes.  You’ll find this an inviting, comfortable format where everyone feels welcome.  Our Open Mic readings are free and open to the public.

Features include established and emerging voices and are selected by invitation-only.  Our bookings are made well in advance. We select feature poets based on criteria which takes into account the specific reading AND the full year mix of featured poets to ensure our annual calendar provides an exciting and ecclectic mix of poetic styles and perspectives.  We seldom respond to direct inquiry.

*Open Mic information (dates, start times, features, etc) subject to change.  Please check the website for the most up to date information

2010 Features

Features before January 2010