Poetry Livestreams + Online Workshops

As freelance artists are taking a huge loss right now due to show cancellations, postponed book launches, etc., I wanted to compile a list of opportunities to safely engage with poetry right now. Here you will find a list of virtual poetry readings, open mics, and workshops. I'm making this list as a freelance artist myself who just had the rest of her book tour cancelled. I'm looking for ways to support other artists and still hear/experience poetry with other people in community. I was originally just making this list for myself, but thought it might be helpful for others as well. If any information here needs to be updated or you'd like me to add something, please email me at [email protected] or send me a tweet @arianathepoet.

Virtual Readings/Open Mics/Workshops:

ATX Interfaces 

Virtual showcase and open mic on Zoom (usually once a month on Wednesdays)

Stay connected on Instagram @atx_interfaces

Blah Poetry Spot 

Virtual open mic every Monday at 8:30pm CST on Zoom or IG Live

Stay connected on Instagram @writeartout and Facebook for updates


Bowery Poetry

Writing workshops and live performances on Sundays

Writing sessions on Wednesdays

Poet-led writing workshops on Thursdays

 All on Instagram Live @bowerypoetry

Busboys and Poets On Live 

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8pm-10pm EST

online open mic & poetry slams on Instagram Live @busboysandpoets

Stay connected @busboysandpoets on Twitter

First Fridays Open Mic 

Virtual open mics every first Friday on Zoom

Stay connected on Instagram @firstfridaysjp

Homemade: An Online Poetry Reading

Monthly series

Curated by Aja Monet. Stay connected on Instagram @ajamonet

Lighthouse Writers Workshops 

Virtual readings every Friday 5pm-6pm MDT

Stay connected @lighthousewrite on Twitter for daily writing prompts during April

Not a Cult 

donation-based virtual writing workshops with Not a Cult authors via Zoom

dates and registration info here 

The Quarantine Reading Series 

Monthly series

$15-50 sliding scale. Tickets available on Eventbrite.

Curated by Aurielle Marie. Stay connected @yesaurielle on Twitter and Instagram.

Poems for the Start of the World

Virtual reading series for African poets

Saturdays at 1pm EST on Instagram Live @paza_sauti and @palmwinecollective

Curated by @toluwaob and @mwendersinsuspenders on IG

Rich Oak Alchemy

Virtual open mics every 1st and 3rd Saturday on Instagram Live @richoakalchemy

The Root Slam

free online writing workshops every 2nd and 4th Saturday 10am-noon PST

Join at this link. Before joining, please read a little about The Root Slam community. 

Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram @therootslam

Sundress Publications: Poets in Pajamas 

biweekly reading series on Facebook Live

Stay connected on Twitter @poetsinpajamas

Write About Now Poetry 

Virtual open mics every Wednesday

Must be a monthly subscriber

Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram @wanpoetry

Write With Us Live (w/ Ariana Brown and Alan Pelaez Lopez)

Free open access writing workshops on YouTube Live

Every Sunday June 7th-July 26th at 12pm PST / 3pm EST

Stay connected on Instagram @writewithuslive

YouTube Channels to stream + support:

All Def Poetry 

Bay Poets Unite!  

Button Poetry 


Write About Now Poetry 

Other Resources:

Thread on Making Livestreams Accessible for Deaf + Hard of Hearing People 

Writing Prompts to Bridge Social Distance 

Healing and Arts Resources During COVID-19 

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