Global Open Mic, Virtual Venue Listings

Updated 05 – 31 – 2020   Version 1.1.0

Virtual Venues, Live Literature, Word of Mouth, Speak Easies, and the Fine Arts


How to contact Dan Brady re the Global Open Mic:



You will probably need to use these links to help you attend meetings:


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     Be advised that different nations have seasonal time changes. In England they have British Summer time and in the United States there is Daylight Savings Time. When inquiring please keep that factor in mind.


     These are the Virtual Venues that I know of and each host has their own way

of being contacted by people wanting to participate.


     I hope to improve this list and so make a difference that we, as poets, as humans, as civilized human beings, can utilize for the our benefit and for the benefit of others, as we learn to appreciate, hold dear, and value, the expression of our art from precious, perfect hearts to those of others.


     I am putting out a call to find others and add them to this and then …


     I may revive the original effort for a Global Open Miic, please take a look: We can build this!


For those venues requiring Zoom, you’ll need to download the program.

1) Go to to download the free version.


2) With zoom installed, to attend a meeting, start the program, when prompted, select “Join a Meeting” input the meeting ID, and then the password. Some meetings do not require passwords.


3) I think it is common courtesy to enter a meeting with your sound on so you can listen, but your mic muted and wait for the host to greet you. Sometimes you may be in a virtual waiting room and have to wait to be brought into the meeting.






Rivertown Poets, (1:15am GMT, next day)
Mondays with Sandra Anfang at 6:15 PST Petaluma
Contact Sandra: mailto:

Join us in beautiful virtual Petaluma for a weekly poetry reading and open mic. We begin at 6:15 and generally run from one to two hours. On first Mondays, and some additional Mondays, we have one or two twenty-minute features. The open mic follows. Reading time for open mic is three minutes, but do bring an extra poem in case there’s time for a second round.

Here’s how to find us: Log onto and choose the Weekly Poetry Reading link. You can sign up for open mic in advance (optional) by filling in the Jotform. First dibs for those who sign up, but everyone will have a chance to read.



Escape from Quarantine, (1:30 GMT, next day)

Mondays at 630pm PST with Alexandra Naughton, San Francisco

Sponsor my Patreon

Join our weekly zoom chat to meet with friends without having to leave your house. This is a space to just talk with friends and people in the writing community about the state of the world and how we feel about it and also share a little levity and poetry.






Coastside Poetry Open Mic, Half Moon Bay  (1:00 GMT, next day)

Second Tuesday’s from 6:00 to 8:00, PST spoken-word poetry OPEN READING. Contact: Diane Lee Moomey or Steve Long

If you’d like to participate please let us know by the Friday before the event. Again, we ask that you please not sing or accompany yourself with music. On the Sunday or Monday before the event, we will send out an email ONLY to those who have responded, with instructions and a connecting link. We will be limiting the readers’ list to 25, and the total number of participants to 35, so please respond early if you wish to be included.



Belmont Poetry Night, Belmont  (2:00 GMT, next day)

Third Tuesdays, 7:00PM PST via Zoom

Contact: Jacki Rigoni,


Jacki, the Poet Laureate of Belmont, hosts a reading each month, with a notable featured poets and an open mic. Please join in by sharing a poem, either your own or by a favorite poet or just pour a cup of tea and listen in. We welcome friends in poetry from around the world.





Sacred Grounds, San Francisco  (2am GMT, next day)

Wednesdays, fine poetry since 1972 - 7pm to 10pm PST

Contact: Dan at


A Virtual Venue with Live Literature by Word of Mouth, weekly themes. We welcome those who just want to hear and enjoy, please feel free to stop by!

Face Book:

Links to web pages and Documents regarding Sacred Grounds



Sidewalk Beirut (530pm GMT)

Wednesdays, 815 pm sign up, starts at 830 Beirut Time –

Contact via:

Sign-up on the event page, click on an event link to see the Zoom link

This is Beirut's first and only weekly Open Mic! Come dance, sing, play, read, joke, laugh, perform, or any form of self-expression that you'd like to do – the only limit is your imagination!


Sidewalk Beirut is a sister initiative of Paris Lit Up a transnational Open Mic and literary organization. It aims to offer to Beirut, what PLU offers to Paris, a consistent and dependable space where you can be free, share and grow. We encourage all forms of self-expression, and welcome it to the stage.  Let us explore, experiment, and encourage! At each Open Mic, we will have a different featured artist, and all sorts of interesting people who have dedicated themselves to their passion and craft.






Berlin Spoken Word, Berlin (5:30 pm GMT)

Thursdays, 7:30, Berlin time, runs for two hours 

Contact: Naniso Tswai or Mary Vlasuk via -

See the Facebook:


We host a 2/3 hour-long open mic session each week. Each week we have a theme. We welcome all forms and levels of spoken word. The event is hosted in English but we are open to performances in all languages. Performances are limited to 5 minutes and we ask that you adhere to our code of conduct (no bigotry or discriminatory language



Palabra  (2am GMT, next day)

2nd and 4th Thursdays, 7pm, PST with Ted Washington, San Diego

Contact Ted:

Palabra is held 7pm the second and fourth Thursday on zoom.
We are based in La Bodega Gallery in Barrio Logan, San Diego, CA

Ted’s Press:



Museum of the African Diaspora, (1:00am GMT, next day)
Alternate Thursdays, 6-8pm PST  San Francisco
Contact:  Nia McAllister,

Visitors can find the event on our website:

Description: Open Mic Thursdays continue at MoAD with an evening of spoken word poetry hosted by poet Nia McAllister, featuring amazing artists from throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Please tet on the reading list beforehand for a three-minute open mic floor spot.



LOVE in the Time of COVID Poetry Open Mic (7pm GMT)
The third Thursday of every month at 3:00pm EDT, Ontario

Contact Richard at


A monthly online poetry open mic series hosted by Owen Sound Poet Laureate Richard-Yves Sitoski. All are welcome. What have you been working on? What are your thoughts? Where are we headed. We only get 40 minutes, so we have to keep it tight.  First come, first served. Everyone gets an initial three minutes, then we go around again until time is up. Participants are reminded to mute their mics while readers knock our socks off. See you then! Richard-Yves Sitoski, Owen Sound Poet Laureate 2019-2021



Take Place, San Francisco  (1:30am GMT, next day)
Occasional on Thursdays 630 to 730pm PST

Contact: Dasha:

Hosts: Masha Aleskovski & Angel Johnson

Featurs and open mic, all literary and experimental genres welcome based out of

San Francisco State University – it take a summer hiatus and is active during the

Academic Year.

Open mic slots, 2 minutes, sign up:

Face Book:



Fire & Dust Poetry

First Thursdays  (7.30-10pm GMT) Coventry City, England, UK

Contact or Host:  Raef:


This happens the first Thursday of every month, featuring one headline Poet and open mic performers (open mic slots are approx. 5  minutes). The  Event is hosted in English and poetry in English is preferred, although native tongue plus translation would be welcome.


You'll need an Eventbrite ticket to access gig URL and open mic sign-up details - tickets are free. Each Facebook event includes a link to the respective Eventbrite tickets page.



Survivor's Poetry Gigs

4th Thursdays, 7:30pm – 9:30pm BST (630pm GMT)

Survivors' Poetry Lockdown Lounge Parties on zoom.

Host: Debbie McNamara

Contact  -

Survivors' Poetry was created in 1991 to promote the writing of Survivors of mental distress. The term 'Survivor' is a self identification and encompasses Survivors of addictions, abuse, eating disorders and people with diagnoses of neurodiversity. We draw connections between writing and performing poetry and mental wellbeing.

The monthly Lockdown Lounge Parties on zoom feature a Guest Artist and a lineup of invited Special Guests, with plenty of time for poets from the floor to perform as well - just  turn up, no need to book. People who just want to watch are very welcome too! We also have Survivor singer-songwriters and other musicians so bring a poem or a song to share! 

Survivors' Poetry also have monthly live events at The Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden, London which feature a longer set from an invited Guest Artist, our Resident Musician, one of our team of MCs and Open Mic. The Poetry Cafe is  currently closed until further notice due to Covid. So please join us on zoom to meet new friends, celebrate our community and share our creativity!





Mitch’s Art Party, (2:30am GMT, next day)

With Mitch and friends, Fridays 730 PST San Francisco

Contact Mitch:



Zoom Saloon, (2:00am GMT, next day)

The 2nd Friday 7pm PST Oakland

Contact: Clve Matson: or at 510–508–5149


"Zoom Saloon" is at 7pm on the 2nd Friday; it was the "Poetry Saloon and we’d

get drunk on poetry"! We'll have a half hour to chat and check in before the

reading will start, as usual, at 7:30



Close to Home Open Mic  (1:30 GMT, next day)

Fridays 6:30pm PST California

Hosts: River Navaille, Tommy Pieper

Contact: for signup and Zoom registration



Friday Lunchtime Poetry (12:00pm GMT)

Fridays, 5:00am PST

Host: Martn Vernon, County Claire, Ireland,


I am hosting a weekly open mic meeting for poetry lovers. Each reader has 5 minutes to share one or two poems. Poets read their own work, some people read their favourite poems and others just like to listen






The Music of the Word, La Palabra Musical, (10:00pm GMT)

The 4th Saturdays, 3 – 5pm, PST San Francisco

Host is Avotcja, Still in English, Spanish, Spanglish y Lo Que Sea

Contact: see the announcements at:

Tell everyone to tell everyone!



Ugly Beauty (3:00am GMT, next day)

First Saturdays, 8 – 10pm PST Berkeley

Hosts Gamal Abdel and Karla Brundage:

For information see:


Close to Home Open Mic

California, Fridays 6:30pm PST, Saturdays 6:30am GMT)

Hosts: River Navaille, Tommy Pieper

Contact: for signup and Zoom registration






Presence – Poetry & Music Open Mic  (7:00pm GMT)

Every other Sunday (noon PST) (8 pm London time)

Host; Alastair Murray


Presence is an open mic performance space aimed at young social change makers, using music and spoken word to explore identity and belonging at a time of global crisis. Once restrictions lift, we’ll go back to St Ethelburgas, but we could be on zoom sometimes.


Free/donation: Join the mailing list by filling out a form beforehand for the zoom link There should be time for up to 10 floor spots, first come first served!


Sign up for the mailing list, the zoom link is sent out beforehand. Free/donation


Donations welcome There is no charge to join Presence but if you would like to give something in support please click here