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  • Canada - Aurora - Be Heard: Festival of Student Voices
    • Annual Festival (March)< - 0 - $5-$10
    • Aurora Cultural Center, 22 Church Street, Aurora
    • FREE Student Festival, exclusive to York Region
    • www.larabozabalian.com
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  • Canada - London, ON - Poetry London Reading Series
    • monthly - 7:30pm - 9pm - --
    • The Landon Branch of the London Public Library, 167 Wortley Rd.
    • 2 featured readers per night, reading ~25 min. each
    • www.poetrylondon.ca
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  • Canada - New Westminster - World Poetry New Westminster Reading Series
    • monthly - 6:30-8:30 pm - Free
    • New Westminster Public Library, 716, 6th Ave
    • 6 features and open mike, refreshments and free raffle.
    • www.worldpoetry.ca
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  • Canada - North York - Speaker Box Series
    • monthly - 6:30 till 9:30 - 5
    • Falcon & Firkin - 10300 Yonge St.
    • Open mic, round 1, feature set, open mic, round 2, scores, go home!
    • www.spkrbox.ca
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  • Canada - Oakville - The Oakville Literary CafĂ(c)
    • monthly - 2:00 to 4:00 pm - Donations
    • The Joshua Creek Art Centre, Burnamthorpe Rd, Oakville Ontario
    • Poetry, Prose on Stage plus open mic
    • https://www.facebook.com/oakvillelitcafe.ca
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  • Canada - Ottawa - Capital Slam
    • First and third Saturday. - Seven pm to ten pm. - Eight dollars and free for performers.
    • Cafe Alternatif on the University of Ottawa Campus
    • Open mic then Slam. Feature at midway point.
    • No Website
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  • Canada - Ottawa - The Sawdust Reading Series
    • the third Wednesday of every month - 19:00 - 21:00 - n/a
    • Pour Boy - 495 Somerset St. W
    • Open mic, 1 curated feature and 1 contest winner
    • sawdustseries.ca
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  • Canada - Peterborough - Peterborough Poetry Slam
    • monthly - 7:30 - 10:30 - $5 or pay what you can
    • The Spill, 414 George St. N.
    • 1 feature (20-30 min. set), 3 open mic slots, up to 12 slammers
    • www.peterboroughpoetetslam.org
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  • Canada - Saskatoon - Tonight it's Poetry
    • Weekly - 7:30 pm- 10:30 pm - $5 if you've got it
    • Amigos Cantina- 806 Dufferin Avenue
    • 1 feature performer slot. Up to 10 community stage participants, up to 12 slammers on slam nights.
    • tonightitspoetry.com
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  • Canada - Toronto - Brockton Writers Series
    • Every other month, usually on the 1st or 2nd Wednesday, - 6:30pm - PWYC
    • full of beans Coffee House & Roastery, 1348 Dundas St. W.
    • A mix of poetry, short fiction and long fiction. Format is 6:30pm guest speaker on craft or some aspect of the pub industry/lit world followed by 4 features at 7pm. Q&A and book sales after.
    • https://brocktonwritersseries.wordpress.com/about/
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  • Canada - Toronto - ChiZine
    • Third Wednesday of the month - 0.833333333 - PWYC
    • Round, 152 Augusta Ave., Toronto (see site for other cities)
    • A reading series bringing you the best voices in horror, fantasy and science fiction each month... in Toronto, Peterborough, Ottawa, Winnipeg & Vancouver.
    • http://chizinepub.com
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  • Canada - Toronto - Free Verse
    • Weekly - 12pm - 1:30pm - No
    • Open Space Art Studio 3735 King Street
    • Equal reading time for everyone based on the number of readers. Every reader is a feature.
    • 0
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  • Canada - Toronto - Hot-Sauced Words Poetry
    • monthly - 7:30 to 10:00 - PWYC
    • The Central, 603 Markham St. (near Bathurst & Bloor)
    • Hot-Sauced Words features two poets, usually one female and one male. A short open mic opens the show, but then Hot-Sauced Words initiates a vibe that makes it unique among Torontoâ€(tm)s many reading series.
    • www.hotsaucedwords.ca
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  • Canada - Toronto - Livewords
    • monthly - 0.833333333 - PWYC
    • 192 Spadina Avenue
    • 0
    • http://livewords.ca
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  • Canada - Toronto - Old Words
    • monthly - 8pm-10pm - 0
    • We began at Toronto's Tranzac club, but we are now turning the show into a travelling revue across the city.
    • 1-2 poets per show. 5-10minute slots.
    • NA
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  • Canada - Toronto - Pivot Reading Series
    • Biweekly on Wednesdays - at 8:00 - PWYC
    • The Steady Café, 1051 Bloor St West (Bloor & Dufferin)
    • Pivot is for everybody. We host emerging and established writers three or four at a time in a casual, fun atmosphere with plenty of time in between readings for drinks and conversation. We partner with The Scope Radio to produce PIVOTcast for anyone who can't be there in person.
    • www.pivotreadings.ca
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  • Canada - Toronto - RowersReading Series
    • First Tuesday of the month, October-June - 0.770833333 - PWYC
    • Supermarket, 268 Augusta Avenue
    • four features, mix of poetry & prose
    • http://rowerspubreadingseries.com
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  • Canada - Toronto - Shab-e She'r (Poetry Night)
    • monthly - 6:30-10 PM - 5
    • Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto
    • 2 features (25-30 min), 20 open mic slots (3 min)
    • https://www.facebook.com/Shab-e-Sher-Poetry-Night-433896613462629/
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  • Canada - Toronto - The Art Bar Poetry Reading Series (locally known simply as the "Art Bar")
    • Weekly - Tuesdays 7:45 pm - 11:00 pm - $5 Canadian
    • Free Times Café
    • 3 feature readers + 10 open mic readers
    • www.artbar.org
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  • Canada - Toronto - The RedHead Revue
    • The next show will be in the fall - TBA - $5-$10
    • Various
    • A night of sexy poetry, prose, skits & song. The Redhead Revue stars Lizzie Violet, Heather Babcock and a redheaded musical guest!
    • theredheadrevue@gmail.com
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  • Canada - Toronto - The Underdog Poets Academy
    • Last Sunday of every month (excluding the July, August, and December) - 7:30pm - Free
    • The Central, 603 Markham St., upstairs lounge
    • A place where all writers, of all genres, and of all experiences, are welcome.
    • www.meatlockereditions.ca
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  • Canada - Toronto - Tonight it's Poetry
    • Weekly - 7:30 pm- 10:30 pm - $5 if you've got it
    • Amigos Cantina- 806 Dufferin Avenue
    • 1 feature performer slot. Up to 10 community stage participants, up to 12 slammers on slam nights.
    • tonightitspoetry.com
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  • Canada - Toronto - Toronto Poetry & Rock Collective
    • monthly - 7:30 - 12:00 - $8 or PWYC
    • Duffy's Tavern
    • 2 opening poets (15-20 min), 1 musician (20-25 min), feature poet (25-30 min), 1 band (20-25 min), feature band (45 min)
    • 0
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  • Canada - Toronto - Toronto Poetry Slam
    • Biweekly - 8pm - 11pm - 7
    • 1150 Queen St W
    • 12 slam poets signup. 5 open mic. 1 feature
    • Www.torontopoetryslam.com
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  • Canada - Toronto - Wild Writers
    • monthly - 7:00-9:00PM - $10/PWYC includes free snacks
    • 224 Augusta Ave (Augusta Street is incorrect)
    • 2 features (20-25 min set) and an open mic for 5-10 readers, 3 min each.
    • 0
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  • Hong Kong - Hong Kong - Peel Street Poetry
    • Every Wednesday (except first Wednesday of each Month) - 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm - None
    • Orange Peel (2nd Floor, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D'Aguilar St, Central)
    • Open mic, everyone gets a go, no feature readers on regular nights
    • www.peelstreetpoetry.com
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  • Israel - Beersheva - Voices Israel
    • monthly - 7.30-10.00pm usually - Usually none but some groups make a small charge
    • In members' homes or other venues
    • Usually, each person reads up to two of their own poems for a friendly critique from a group of about ten
    • https://www.voicesisrael.com
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  • Israel - Gush Etzion - Voices Israel
    • monthly - 7.30-10.00pm usually - Usually none but some groups make a small charge
    • In members' homes or other venues
    • Usually, each person reads up to two of their own poems for a friendly critique from a group of about ten
    • https://www.voicesisrael.com
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  • Israel - Haifa Nahariya - Voices Israel
    • monthly - 7.30-10.00pm usually - Usually none but some groups make a small charge
    • In members' homes or other venues
    • Usually, each person reads up to two of their own poems for a friendly critique from a group of about ten
    • https://www.voicesisrael.com
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  • Israel - Jerusalem - Voices Israel
    • monthly - 7.30-10.00pm usually - Usually none but some groups make a small charge
    • In members' homes or other venues
    • Usually, each person reads up to two of their own poems for a friendly critique from a group of about ten
    • https://www.voicesisrael.com
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  • Israel - Netanya - Voices Israel
    • monthly - 7.30-10.00pm usually - Usually none but some groups make a small charge
    • In members' homes or other venues
    • Usually, each person reads up to two of their own poems for a friendly critique from a group of about ten
    • https://www.voicesisrael.com
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  • Israel - Tel Aviv - Voices Israel
    • monthly - 7.30-10.00pm usually - Usually none but some groups make a small charge
    • In members' homes or other venues
    • Usually, each person reads up to two of their own poems for a friendly critique from a group of about ten
    • https://www.voicesisrael.com
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  • Israel - Tsafat - Voices Israel
    • monthly - 7.30-10.00pm usually - Usually none but some groups make a small charge
    • In members' homes or other venues
    • Usually, each person reads up to two of their own poems for a friendly critique from a group of about ten
    • https://www.voicesisrael.com
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  • Northern Ireland - Belfast - Purely Poetry, Belfast
    • monthly - 8.30pm on the 1st Friday of every month - Free
    • Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road, Belfast,
    • Open Mic open to all. 7 minutes maximum per reader. Sign up on the night.
    • 0
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  • Singapore - Singapore - Lit Up Singapore
    • Annually - NA - Free
    • Various venues in Singapore
    • Varies
    • http://www.litup.sg/
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  • Singapore - Singapore - National Poetry Festival (Singapore)
    • Annually, every August - Every August over one weekend - Free
    • Various venues in Singapore
    • Various
    • http://www.nationalpoetryfestival.sg/
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  • Singapore - Singapore - Singapore Writers Festival
    • Annually, every November - Various - $10+ SGD
    • Various venues in Singapore
    • Various
    • https://www.singaporewritersfestival.com/nacswf/nacswf.html
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  • Thailand - Chaing Mai - The Magic Theatre Poetry Reading Series
    • monthly - 7-9 pm - -
    • Chiang Mai
    • 2 feature readers (15-20 min) and open mic readers (1 poem, 3 min.)
    • -
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  • U.S. - Washington, DC - Busboys and Poets Open Mic (14th+ V location)
    • monthly - 9 to 11 pm - 5
    • Busboys and Poets (14th+ V location)
    • 15 open mic readers + 20 minute feature
    • www.busboysandpoets.com
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  • U.S. - Washington, DC - BloomBars
    • open mic on Mondays; workshops on Sat+Sun - Open mic (8:30pm); workshops flexible - $5-10
    • BloomBars
    • open mic (20 min set)
    • www.bloombars.com
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  • United States - Fayetteville, AR - Open Mouth Reading Series
    • monthly - 8-10 p.m. - No
    • Nines Alley
    • 1-3 features (15-25 minutes) and 10 single-poem openers from our community (each read one poem, either of their own or one they admire)
    • http://openmouthreadings.wixsite.com/openmouth
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  • United States - Plymouth, NH - Eagle Pond Reading Series
    • Twice a semester - 7:00-8:00PM - No fee, but tickets are required
    • Silver Center for the Arts, Plymouth State University
    • One featured reader
    • https://www.plymouth.edu/silver-center/category/season-events/eagle-pond-authors/
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  • United States - New Orleans - Blood Jet Poetry Series
    • Weekly - 8pm- 11pm - No
    • BJs in the Bywater
    • 2 Features at 20 minutes followed by open mic
    • No
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  • USA - Schenectady, NY 12305 - Arthur's Market Poetry
    • monthly - Sign-ups for the open mic begin at 7; readings begin at 7:30 - Free
    • 35 N Ferry Street
    • One or two featured readers (about 20 minutes) + open mic readers (1 or 2 poems each) before and after the feature
    • 0
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  • USA - Murfreesboro, TN - Poetry in the Boro
    • monthly - Evenings; check Facebook page for exact times - 0
    • Varies
    • 3 10 min. featured readings plus 1 hour open mic on Art Crawl nights; 20 minute feature reader plus 1 hour open mic in other months.
    • 0
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  • USA - New York City - Singapore Literature Festival in NYC
    • Annually, every September - Various - Varies
    • New York City, various venues
    • Various
    • http://www.singaporeliteraturefestival.com/
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  • USA - New York, New York - Pen and Brush Presents
    • monthly - 7-8:30 - free
    • Pen and Brush, 29 East 22nd Street
    • 3 readers, 1st weds of every month during academic calendar. complimentary wine and snacks for readers and audience. book sales can be done on site by readers or by press/journal/organization representatives.
    • http://www.kateangus.org/reading-series-pen-brush/
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  • USA - Philadelphia, PA - The Red Sofa Reading Series
    • 4 times a year - 7:00-9:00pm - $7 in advance, $10 at the door
    • Physick House, 321 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
    • 3 poets, 15 minutes each
    • http://www.redsofasalon.com/
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  • USA - Ukiah - Loba
    • monthly - 0 - none
    • Mendocino County Library, Ukiah branch - 105 N. Main St.
    • 1 featured reader (20 min set) followed by 10 open mic readers
    • 0
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  • USA - Ridgway, CO - Open Bard Poetry Series
    • 1st Thursday October- May - 6:30-8:30 - Buy a season pas: bard card for $20 or $5 per night
    • The Sherbino theatre
    • 1-2 features, q&a the open mic
    • Kierstinbridger.com
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