Spoken word and poetry are an intimate way to connect with an audience. This National Poetry Month, give your ears the listening pleasure of life experiences, personal views and artist’s emotions, or get up on your own soapbox. The following are the city’s best spoken word and poetry venues.

Lizard Lounge
1667 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-0759

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Price: $5 Poetry Jam, $3-$5 for Open Mic, comedy/band prices vary
Hours: View the lounge schedule here.

The Lizard Lounge hosts Poetry Jam every Saturday night, with featured poets and backup music by the Jeff Robinson Trio. It also offers open mic night on Mondays with host Tom Bianchi and a weekly celebrity judge. Various comedy shows and bands perform midweek with advanced tickets available. The venue is also available for private functions. Follow them on Facebook to keep up to date.

The Cantab Lounge
738 Massachusetts Ave.
Boston, MA 02139
(617) 354-2685

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Price: $3 Poetry Slam, cover charge varies for shows
Hours: View the lounge calendar here.

The Cantab Lounge has Monday night open mic and Wednesday night poetry slam. A mix of blues, jazz, rock, funk and classic soul shows fill the rest of the nights. There is an upstairs and downstairs, Cantab Underground, which is available for private parties. Follow them on Facebook for the latest news.

The Blacksmith House Poetry Series
42 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-6789

Price: $3
Hours: Mondays 8 p.m.

The Blacksmith House Poetry Series is sponsored by the Cambridge Center for Adult Education and welcomes all levels of writers. Poetry and fiction readings are held weekly at the Blacksmith House with featured poets also reading from their works. Tickets are available 45 minutes prior to readings. Follow them on Facebook for updates.

Brewed Awakenings Coffeehouse
61 Market St.
Lowell, MA 01851
(978) 454-2739

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Price: Free
Hours: 6:30 p.m. – 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 2nd and 4th Friday of each month

Brewed Awakenings hosts Poetry Open Mic and Slam the first and third Thursday of every month with host Anthony Febo. Acoustic Open Mic is hosted the second and fourth Friday of every month. They do not serve alcohol, but there is plenty of coffee, tea, and snacks.

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All Asia Bar
334 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 497-1544

Price: Free – $10
Hours: View the calendar here.

All Asia Bar offers Open Mic Tuesdays from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. It also offers indie music marathons, indie songwriter nights, karaoke and more. While you are there try one of the signature cocktails or order appetizers from the bar menu. Check out their Faceboo pagek for the latest happenings.

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Kim is the owner of Vareika Personal Training and Yoga in Plainville. When she is not teaching, practicing, or writing, she resides in Bridgewater where she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her nephew Caesar. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

Comments (6)
  1. redplace says:

    Amazing, I cannot wait to get out there to share my own work. Thank you for sharing. This is brilliant :)

  2. norah says:

    Great lists – but what about story slams? We are at Doyle’s in JP and Club Passim in Cambridge and the Precinct and Johnny D’s in Somerville and beyond.
    Our The BigMouthOff is 7:00 PM Wednesday April 11, 2012
    at Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline MA Tickets: $20 online, $25 at the door.

    The BigMouthOff is the final contest in massmouth’s third story slam season. From October 2011 until April 2012, we heard hundreds of stories from hundreds of storytellers and on April 11, massmouth presents the winning stories at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, MA.

    It is a fund raiser too – for high school storytelling.

  3. Phil Marrone says:

    What, did you let your intern write this? Lowell is so far outside of Boston it’s not even funny. All Asia doesn’t feature poetry. Not all open mic’s are good for poetry. The rest are good, but I was expecting more.

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