Thursday, September 30, 2010


Monday night, Sept. 27, marked the return of one of the Emerald City's most interesting open mics, Poets Speak Loud. The series was suspended in May after the devastating fire that closed, for good it seems, the Lark Tavern. Their new home is McGeary's, off Clinton Avenue and spittin' distance from the Palace Theatre.

Host Mary Panza took a few minutes to thank Tess, the Lark's mistress and current manager at the rapidly rising McGeary's. Tess thanked the poets and artists and all who have supported her since the fire. Next was an orderly progression of poets, writers, and other bon vivants who've been saving it up all summer.

For the blow-by-blow, always check out Dan Wilcox's blog at In fact, see him for every literary thing in the Albany area, and sometimes even down South. Poets Speak Loud is held on the last Monday night of the month, beginning at 7:30 p.m.