Open Mics

Open Mic Night/$10 or Less Bookstore

About: Snacks and coffee served. Lots of Fun, people and great music. Each month they have a theme. Hosted by Eric Stuart.

When: 3rd Friday of the month: 7pm-9pm
Where: $10 or Less Bookstore
Address: 9054 Tampa Ave., Northridge, CA 91324

Alivio Open Mic

About: In a community where the sense of community doesn’t exist, Alivio was created to provide a space for all members of the Southeast L.A. region to unite and share their truths, expression and courage. This space was opened in the humble abode of a Bell resident to give people an outlet to express themselves safely through poetry, music and any other art form one brings to the stage. Due to the fact that Southeast is brewing with artists but lacks platforms to showcase their talents, Alivio was a necessity. By creating this space, and inviting a community that lacks resources, a creative collaboration, bonding and community is made possible.

When: 4th Friday of the month: 8pm
Where: Private Residence
Address: 6328 Orchard Ave., Bell, CA 90201

ArtShare-LA: Word Play Weekend

About: Word Play Weekend is an open-mic night hosted at ArtShare-LA in the arts district of Downtown Los Angeles. WPW was established as a platform for artists to express themselves both verbally and visually while networking in an environment full of creatives. their goal is to empower the “starving artist” as we provide a supportive atmosphere for growth and development. Their event opens the floor to performers of all varieties including but not limited to Poets, Rappers, Comedians, Vocalists, Dancers, Actors, Film Makers and Visual Artists.

When: 2nd Saturday of the month: 8pm-11pm
Where: ArtShare-LA
Address: 801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Cost: $10

Askew Reading Series

About: Askew is a monthly open mic reading series hosted by Seven Dhar and Slim FitzGerald in Pasadena. The open mic series is unique as it takes place at an assisted living facility. Past readers have included: Don Kingfisher Campbell, Ron Koertge and Nicelle Davis.

When: Every Second Saturday: 7pm-8:30pm
Where: Pasadena Highlands
Address: 1575 E. Washington Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91104

Avenue 50 Studio/La Palabra Poetry

About: La Palabra, a program at  Avenue 50 Studio, has been taking place since 2001. They invite the community to come out and read their poetry through an open mic series, followed by a featured poet and, if the poets have a book, an author signing. It is is hosted by Angelina Saens.

When: Last Sunday of the month: 2pm-4pm
Where: Avenue 50 Studio
Address: 131 N Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90042

BAM Poetry

About: A monthly open-mic poetry reading at Sideshow Rare and Remarkable Books, located in Mid-City Los Angeles, aimed at showcasing upcoming and established poets, curated by BC Petrakos, Alicia Winski, and Marie C Lecrivain.

When: 2nd Sunday of the month: 4pm – 6pm; sign-ups at 3:30pm
Where: Sideshow Rare and Remarkable Books
Address: 1639 La Cienega Blvd., Mid-City, Los Angeles, CA 90035

Beatnik Poetry

About: Beatnik Poetry hosts a monthly night of hearing truth from lesser heard perspectives! Please only read poems at the open mic. You could read poems by you, by your dog or by people you respect. If you don’t have any poems you want to read at the open mic, please use the monthly writing prompt. Hosted by Hanna Pachman.

When: 4th Sunday of the month: 7pm-8:30pm
Where: Hey Hey
Address: 1555 W Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90026
Website: Facebook Page

Beyond Baroque/First Sunday Open Reading

About: Leading Independent literary/arts center in the United States, this is Beyond Baroque’s popular monthly open reading. Features each month. Hosted by Steve Goldman. Sign ups begin at 4:45 PM. Five-minute limit.

When: 1st Sunday of the month: 5pm-7pm
Where: Beyond Baroque
Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
Note: Free, but donations welcome (goes towards paying the feature)

Beyond Baroque/Duende Nights Open Mic

About: DUENDE NIGHTS OPEN MIC is a multimedia poetry performance experience, with no intros, no explanations before the poem for the multicultural underground word babelic dreamer beats of today.

A kiss the ground spit your fire melting pot gathering of tribes and beyond for the artivists of the creative written word. Organized by Américas Poet Society founder Antonieta Villamil.

Original poetry, short story, song, painting projection, music. One piece. 5 minute limit. Sign ups at:

DUENDE NIGHTS OPEN MIC es Multilingüe Underground Word Beat Babélico Hervidero Cultural de Artivistas de la Palabra y Poesía Féstival es una Revista Anual Impresa con lo Significativo Intenso de la Poesía Viva!

When: 1st Sunday of the month: 5pm
Where: Beyond Baroque
Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
Website: or

Beyond Baroque/Soap Box Open Mic 

About: The second of Beyond Baroque’s poetry open mics. Includes a feature each month. Come early and enjoy the art on exhibit and the troves of poetry at the Scott Wannberg Bookstore. Hosted by the founder of the L.A. Poet Society Jessica Wilson Cardenas.

When: 2nd Sunday of the month: 2pm-4pm
Where: Beyond Baroque
Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

Beyond Baroque/Nebraska Girl Open Reading

About: The third of Beyond Baroque’s open mics, referred to as a monthly open reading. Includes a feature each month. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood. Five-minute limit. Sign ups at 1:45 pm.

When: 4th Sunday of the month: 2pm
Where: Beyond Baroque
Address: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

Confidential Open Mic

About: Host Gino Martez presents a monthly Long Beach open mic. Martez is dedicated to creating and holding an inclusive, supportive space that is community driven.

When: Second Friday of the month; sign-ups 6:45 pm;7-10 pm
Where: Confidential Coffee
Address: 137 W. 6th St., Suite 101, Long Beach, CA 90802

Corazon del Pueblo/Flowers of Power

About: Flowers of Fire is a monthly open mic. Flowers of Fire showcases aspiring and established writers, poets, and those who wish to verbalize words on paper. Sometimes we forget that poetry is like throwing spells into the universe and the energy we put out is the energy we receive. We invite you to come listen and if inspired enough, participate.

When: 4th Wednesday of the month
Where: Corazon del Pueblo; 8pm-11pm
Address: 2003 E.1st Street, Boyle Heights, CA 90033

Da Poetry Lounge-Open Mic

About: All you have to do is put your name on the signup list. The first half signup happens outside before doors open (around 8ish). Signing up for first half does not guarantee entry, so stay in line! For the second half signup, line up next to the microphone on stage during the five minute break in between halves and wait for the list to get to you. Keep in mind that each half has its own signup list. So if you don’t get called during the 1st half, you need to re-signup for the 2nd half. Sorry, you can only perform at one half per night. They usually call up about 12-15 people each half at an Open Mic, depending if they have a special feature or not. Sadly, they cannot guarantee that all who signup will read. So, remember: arrive early. There is a TIME LIMIT. You have 3 minutes at the mic to do your poem. Please be respectful of time as we try to accommodate as many people as possible.

When: Every Tuesday: 9pm-12pm
Where: Greenway Court Theatre
Address: 544 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax District, CA 90036
Cost: $10 ($5 for under 12)

Da Poetry Lounge-Slam!

About: A poetry slam is a competition at which poets perform their own original work, and are then judged on a numeric scale by previously selected members of the audience. In a standard slam, there are five judges. Before the competition begins, the host will often bring up a sacrificial poet. A sacrificial poet is not competing in the slam, but is scored by the judges in order for them to calibrate their judging. After each competing poet performs, judges award a score to that poem. Scores generally range between zero and ten. The highest and lowest score are dropped, giving each performance a rating between zero and thirty points. A single round at a slam consists of performances by all eligible poets. Most slams last multiple rounds, and many involve the elimination of lower-scoring poets in successive rounds. A standard elimination rubric might run 8-4-2, with eight poets in the first round, four in the second, and two in the last. Some slams do not eliminate poets at all. Additionally, most slams enforce a time limit of three minutes (and a grace period of ten seconds), after which a poet’s score will be docked according to how long the poem exceeded the time limit.

When: Every 3rd Tuesday: 9pm-12pm
Where: Greenway Court Theatre
Address: 544 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax District, CA 90036
Cost: $10

Downbeat 720-High School Performers

About: Downbeat 720 is LA’s premier open-mic for high school performers. They’ve created a very safe space where students from all different backgrounds can develop their skills as artists. They offer advice and direction with each individual. In addition, a special guest (a professional artist) is invited to perform for the students. Includes: Poets, singers, musicians, dancers, bands, etc.

When: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays: 7:20pm
Where: Miles Memorial Playhouse
Address: 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90430

Faitelink Open Mic

About: Fatelink open mic is an evening of poetry and storytelling. Each month performers read an original piece (poem, short story, or narrative fiction excerpt) or perform something from the public domain related to their monthly theme. They’re especially excited by the idea that their evening can be an incubator of new material. To get on the roster, sign ups begin at 6:30 p.m. There is a time limit of four minutes per reader, so kindly choose your material with both their theme and the time limit in mind. If you are going to sing, sing an ORIGINAL song only. No covers allowed.

When: 4th Saturdays of the month: 7pm-8:30pm
Where: Sabor y Cultura
Address: 5625 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028

Feedback Open Mic

About: Join us every last Sunday of the month for our monthly open mic! Feedback Sunday is a community open mic series hosted by ANSWER Coalition ( Los Angeles. At a time where all sectors of society are being attacked by President Donald Trump and the ruling class we need to unite, organize and fight back. Feedback Sunday is a monthly open mic event that allows artist from all walks of life to share their struggle and unite.

There will be a sign-up sheet for those interested in sharing their art, poetry or their story. Be sure to come early to get your spot!

Free admission! Come and support your local artists and poets!

When: Last Sunday of each month: 3pm-5pm
Where: The 2nd floor of the First Unitarian Church
Address: 2936 W 8th St, Los Angeles, California 90005
Website: Facebook Page

Feminist Open Mic

About: Join G.R.R.R.L. Collective for their monthly feminist and queer open mic! Each Month there is a theme, but there will still be space for performances unrelated to the prompt! Your response to the theme may be a song, spoken word piece, short story, dance/movement performance (of about 5min or less, please), etc. Create however you create, but consider using this as a prompt!

The courtyard behind Rainbow Juices is concrete, so please BYO blanket or camping chair to be more comfortable!

***All G.R.R.R.L. Collective events strive to create a safer space for all and are completely sober. We ask that attendees of the open mics be sensitive to performers’ courage and vulnerability in sharing their performances — please do not take video or photos of performers without their explicit consent.***

Come and support your local artists and poets!

When: First Wednesday of each month: 7pm-9pm
Where: Rainbow Juices
Address: 246 E. 3rd St., Long Beach, 90802

Fox Coffee House/The Definitive Soapbox

About: The Definitive Soapbox is a FREE Open Mic in Long Beach, CA every Last Friday of the month. They’ve created community and engaged hope around poetry in Long Beach for nearly a decade. Come out to create community and maintain this community and celebrate expression and the written word.

When: Every Last Friday of the month: 7pm-9:30pm
Where: Fox Coffee House
Address: 437 W. Willow St., Long Beach, California 90806

Friday Night Poetry: They’re Just Words

About: Friday Night Poetry: They’re Just Words will be at temporary locations until Book Show opens their new store in The San Fernando Valley in June. Host, poet, Salvadoran immigrant, community builder Ingrid Calderon has created community and is excited for everyone to come share their powerful words. These three open mics are sponsored by Book Show Books.

When: Every Third Friday of the month: 8pm-10pm
Where: Backyard (March 20), Rock Rose Gallery (April 17 & May 15).
Address: Reseda, CA (March) and 4108 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065
Website: March Open Mic, April Open Mic and May Open Mic

Get Lit’s Bi-monthly Open Mics–Youth

About: Get Lit hosts bi-monthly Open Mics for community youth each month at The Actors’ Gang in Culver City and at LocoL in Watts. The open mic is a great chance for newer poets to get on stage (some for the first time!), and the open forum is usually preceded by a showcase featuring experienced poets such as the Get Lit Players or Literati Fellows.

When: Bi-monthly
Where: The Actors’ Gange and LocoL
Address: 9070 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 and 1950 E 103rd St, Watts, CA 90002

Haiku Workshop

About: Monthly haiku study group workshop. Open to all people interested in learning more about haiku.

When: Every third Saturday of the month: 2pm
Where: Hill Avenue Branch of the Pasadena Library
Address: 55 S. Hill Ave, Pasadena, California 91106

HOUSE Open Mic

About: A free open mic dedicated to amplifying marginalized voices, House invites writers and musicians, especially LGBTQIA+ folks, to share their work in an intimate gathering. This open mic was previously known as “EAT Art” and located at the former location of Book Show Books in Highland Park. Included is a pop-up book shop by Book Show.

When: Every 1st Friday: 8:30pm-9:30pm
Where: The Relational Center
Address: 2717 S. Robertson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90034
Website: Facebook Page

Last Saturday of the Month Open Mic at Encino/Tarzana Library

About: A congenial and hospitable community of more-or-less regulars and frequent visitors collected around Ron Dvorkin over 16+ years, and continue to meet, with Ron Gregus and Wyatt Underwood now co-hosting.

When: Every Last Saturday of the month: 2pm-4:30pm
Where: Encino/Tarzana Library
Address: 18231 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356
Website: Facebook Page

Loose Lips Poetry Reading Series

About: Loose Lips Poetry Reading Series occurs at the Topanga Library. LOOSE LIPS is dedicated to bringing a diverse array of the best contemporary poets to Topanga and to provide audiences and authors with a poetic forum and community. Our commitment is to deliver literary events which are edgy, spiritual, inspiring and at times irreverent.

The reading is followed by an open mic.

When: Quarterly: 2pm-4pm
Where: Topanga Library
Address: 112 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Los Angeles Public Library: Westwood Branch

About: An evening to have your voice heard. Come share your masterpiece! Everyone welcome. Experience diverse voices. Come join everyone at the Westwood Branch Library. Or just listen and enjoy. Hosted by Wyatt Underwood.

When: Every 2nd Tuesday: 6pm
Where: Westwood Branch Library
Address: 1246 Glendon Ave., Westwood, CA 90024

Lyrical Flames

About: They welcome Open-Mic guests past and present, and are appreciated! Thank you to everyone who as either presented, sang, made us laugh, came through as a supporter of friends, or artists and family…They are so excited to see each of you! Pizza available next door for purchase. Donations accepted, and appreciated! Coffee and wine offered to guests. Hosted by: Lida Parent-Harris.

When: Last Saturday of the month: 6pm – 8pm
Where: Jones Coffee Roasters
Address: 693 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, California 91105

A Mic & Dim Lights

About: The warm vibrations at this open mic make this a favorite of not only locals in Pomona, but poets from all across Southern California. DJ JB spins records between poets. Hip hop lives here, but the lineup also includes political poets, spoken word artists, and page poets. Besskepp is open to all, and he is also known for mentoring hundreds of teen poets from high schools across the San Gabriel ValleyMike “The Poet” Sonsken calls this open mic “one of the crown jewels in the Pomona Arts District.”

When: 1st Thursday of each month: 9:15pm
Where: A Mic & Dim Lights
Address: 300 2nd St., in Pomona’s Art Colony
Cost: $5 cover charge

Monday Open Mic with Shy But Flyy at Roxanne’s

About: Shy But Flyy hosts this fantastic Open Mic, in an atmosphere of honesty and sharing people show their unique perspective artistically, through comedy, drama, music, poetry, comedy, and more: Fun.

Coming together to demonstrate the rich textures that make up our community in a welcoming environment, celebrating the depth of Long Beach is! Bring your heart. Bring your honesty. Bring your openness. Prepare to experience BEAUTY. KNOW Creativity is FUN. Enjoy the diversity of COMMUNITY. It is wonderful to see the art in humanity and humans as artists.

When: Every Monday: 7pm – 9pm
Where: Roxanne’s Lounge
Address: 1115 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach, California 90807
Website: or

Moonday Poetry

About: Moonday Poetry, in its 15th year, services the local, national and international poetry community, and has a reputation for high quality open readers. Hosted by poets Alice Pero and Lois P. Jones.

When: Bi-Monthly, off for the Summer: 4pm-6pm
Where: Flintridge Bookstore & Coffee House
Address: 1010 Foothill Boulevard, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Website: Facebook Page

Never Speak Poets

About: Come enjoy a night of spoken word with the Never Speak Poets: Shy but flyy, Dr. V, Philosophy, Nerd, Tommy Domino, Jragonfly Jon. Includes a spoken mic.

When: First Friday of the month: 7pm – 9pm
Where: They tend to change venue often, but currently at Expo Art Center
Address: 4321 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807
Website: N/A, but check Facebook events

Obsidian Tongues

About: Obsidian Tongues, hosted by William Gonzalez and Ceaser K. Avelar, is an open mic where everyone is welcome and everyone’s voice is a part of community. As co-host, Ceaser K. Avelar says, “Bring your poems, your stories, music, opinions, and especially yourselves. Our voice is power, but only together we are heard!”

When: Second Saturday of the month: 7pm
Where: Café Con Libros
Address: 280 W. Second St., Pomona, California 91766

Open Words

About: Open Words is a poetry/spoken word open mic hosted by Mari Werner and Terry Wilhelm. They welcome all kinds of spoken word artists! Your work can be read or performed, and they also appreciate those who just come to listen! Open Words time frame usually allows about 5 minutes per reader (this is typically about 3 short poems or 1 longer poem). First time readers – this is a very supportive environment for you! Prose is welcome, too. Come to Claremont and share, hear other artists, and feed your muse!

When: First Sunday of the month: 5pm
Where: 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 107B, Claremont, CA 91711
Website: or Facebook Page

Open Your Mic

About: Open Your Mic is common to your traditional open mic experience: artistic individuals share their art and/or talent(s) to a group of onlookers, but the difference in the experience of J.Raul Productions’ Open Your Mic is that this is ONE event for all forms of art: poets, spoken word artist, singers, dancers, comedians, musicians, and so much more. Anyone with any talent can come up and ‘Bless the Mic’; after all it’s YOUR mic, and who are to tell you what’s inside.

When: Last Saturday of each month: 7 pm – 10 pm
Where: The Family Center of Love
Address: 8959 S. Western Ave.
Cost: $10 tickets
Website: Facebook Page

One Mic Collective

About: One Mic Collective is a poetry and open mic night focused on featuring artists in support of art, education, inspiration, community-building & sharing. 6:00PM Sign Up.

5 Minutes or 2 Pieces (whichever comes first).

When: Last Saturday of the Month: 6:30pm
Where: Corazón Contento
Address: 13523 Francisquito Avenue #D Baldwin Park, CA

Pilipino Workers Center /Sunday Jump

About: Sunday Jump is a Filipino-founded community open mic. Mike Sonksen calls it “An important platform for young Asian American poets in the city.” This open mic takes pride in providing a safe space for marginalized voices. Every first Sunday, they provide a safe space for artists to share their poetry, music, and more. In order to ensure a welcoming space for everyone, they have two community guidelines: 1) Express not impress and 2) Free speech not hate speech. The organization’s leaders are award-winning poets and community activists who have shared their work across the nation. Open mic-ers have 4 minutes max. First ten performers on the list are guaranteed, with the rest on-call. They may randomize the first ten performers to improve the flow of the show. For those on-call, priority is given to first timers. All are welcome! Hosted by Stephanie Sajor and Eddy M. Gana Jr., sign-ups begin at 4:30pm.

When: 1st Sunday: 5pm – 7pm
Where: Pilipino Workers Center
Address: 153 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Website: Facebook Page

Poets Jazz House

About: A Spoken Word and Music Lounge where spilling your heart is art and searching your soul is mandatory to get in the door. They are a beatnik Tea House where there’s snapping instead of clapping. The atmosphere is lax but it Sssizzles. They invite you to come touch, be touched, hear the answer and heed the call. They’re just a cozy little house where everyone feels at home.

When: Every Thursday: 7pm – 10pm
Where: Irie Vibes ArtSpace
Address: 6563 Normandie Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90044
Website: Poets Jazz House

Poetry y Pan

About: Community open mic hosted by Irene Sanchez. “Poetry like bread is for everyone.” -Roque Dalton

When: 3rd Friday: 7:30pm
Where: Cafe con Libros
Address: 280 W. Second St., Pomona, CA 91766
Website: Facebook Page


About: PondWater Society hosts a monthly event featuring poetry, music, prose, visual art, comedy, theater, or any other fantastic form of communication we can find. There is always lots of food and wine and we have dinner after the event for anyone who would like to stay. The host is Hanna Pachman.

When: Every first Saturday of the month: 5pm – 8pm
Where: Pondwater
Address: 16504 E Masline St., Covina, California 91772
NOTE: Free, but there is a tip jar to help defray the costs.

Prolyfic Arts Open Mic

About: Prolyfic Arts welcomes ALL expressive forms including poets, vocalists, comedians, musicians. Art, culture, entertainment, food, drinks, music and fun. Host: Mr. Foster the Poet.

When: Every second Saturday; 8pm
Where: Leimert Village Studio
Address: 3411 W. 43rd Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90008
Cost: $10 advance tickets; $15 door; $25 VIP tickets
Website: Instagram: @prolyfic_arts_openmic

Rapp Saloon

About: Since 2000 a Santa Monica open mic presenting three featured speakers and a night of Poetry, Prose, Music, Theater, Dance, and Comedy, in the oldest historical building in Santa Monica–the Rapp Saloon.

When: Every first Friday of the month: 8:30pm
Where: Rapp Saloon building
Address: 1436 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401


About: A Filipino open mic hosted by Lady Baso.

When: Every Wednesday: 8:00pm
Where: Search to Involve Philipino Americans (SIPA)
Address: 3200 W. Temple St., Filipinotown, CA 90012
Note: $10 entrance

Redondo Poets

About: The Redondo Poets hosts a weekly poetry reading that’s been going strong for nearly two decades. The founder and original host is Larry Colker who was a diehard of the Los Angeles Poetry Community and worked very hard to bring in great features from all over the city and countyRedondo Poets is recommended by Mike “The Poet” Sonksen, a mainstay of the Los Angeles Poetry scene since the mid 90s.

When: Every Tuesday: 7:30pm
Where: Coffee Cartel
Address: 1820 S Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, California 90277

Riveted. A Story Telling Series.

About: A monthly story telling event curated by Steven Deeble & Melanie Riecke Hiller. Each reading includes a limited open mic.

When: Last full week of the month; 7pm
Where: Elinor
Address: 250 North Tribune Court, Long Beach, CA
NOTE: No Cover. 21+ only.

Second Sunday Poetry Series

About: This Open Mic poetry show, hosted by Alex M. Frankel, happens on the second Sunday of every month. Great poets perform their work, sell and sign books, plus mingle with audience members and open mic participants.

When: Second Sunday of the month: 5pm
Where: Studio Theatre at St. Denis Building
Address: 3433 Cahuenga Blvd West, Los Angeles 90068

Shades of Afrika: Griot Café Open Mic

About: Each week join hosts Slim Da Reazon, Shy But Flyy and Subject Matter as they welcome the community to share their important words and music.

When: Every Saturday: 8pm – 10pm
Where: Shades of Afrika
Address: 1001 E. 4th St. Long Beach, CA 90820
Note: $5; Bring friends $3                                                                                                                Website:

SHOUT! The Open Mic Poetry Night

About: Come share your poetic voice and talents in a great locale in Fullerton. SHOUT! is a recurring poetry open mic that takes place the 2nd Thursday of each month hosted by poet Eric Morago. A free event, it has developed quite a following, so get there early to ensure you read.

When: Every 2nd Thursday: 7pm-10pm; Sign ups no later than 6:30pm.
Half Off Books
141 W. Wilshire Ave. Ste. A, Fullerton, CA 92832

Sideshow Books Presents: Poetry Night

About: Join Sideshow Books for their first ever open mic series. Poets, spoken word performers, and musicians all welcome 🙂 (They have an amp, speakers, and mic, but any other equipment will need to be brought with you).

Their mission is to create an inclusive space to bring community together where local artists can be heard and supported.

When: Second-to-last Sunday of the month
Where: Sideshow Books
Address: 1639 La Cienega Blvd., Mid City, Los Angeles, CA 90045

Sidewalk Cafe/Poets & Allies for Resistance

About: The Sidewalk Café in Altadena holds Poets & Allies for Resistance, a social justice themed poetry event and open mic. It happens bi-monthly on the first Monday of the month. Some past features have been the poets V Kali and Jawanza Dumisani. Founded by Khadija Anderson and currently hosted by a different guest host each time.

When: Bi-monthly on even months (Feb., Apr., June, etc.): 7:30pm
Where: Sidewalk Cafe
Address: 2057 N Los Robles, Altadena, CA 91001
Website: Facebook Page

Sierra Club: Sunset Poetry Hike/Griffith Park

About: Climb to the top of Mt. Hollywood, enjoy poems, watch the sunset, then come down a different way, past the Observatory. Return to Red Line station about three or four hours later. Hike at your own pace, about 3 miles and 800 feet of gain. Newcomers welcome. Bring water, hat, snack/dinner, comfortable hiking boots or trail shoes, and a warm jacket. Poetry provided or bring your own. A flashlight or headlamp, and hiking stick or trekking poles, are optional. In case of rain we’ll visit the Observatory instead.

When: 3rd Saturday, November through March. (12/15/18 @3:10 PM, 1/19/19 @ 3:50 PM, 2/16/19 @ 4:10 PM. 3/16/19 @ 5:50 PM)
Where: Meet at the Vermont/Sunset Metro Station, where we’ll board the Observatory DASH (fare $.50 or use Metro Card)

Silver Park Arts Literary Lounge

About: Silver Park Literary Lounge, curated by Peggy Dobreer, brings local writers together for a monthly reading, each with it’s own theme. This reading also includs an open mic.

When: Every First Tuesday; 7:30pm for reception and open mic sign-up; 8pm for the reading
Where: Silver Park Arts
Address: 2030 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca 90039
NOTE: Free
Website: and

Spell Cast

About: Bringing the heat are new features every month. Come for the poetry, music, food and wine, but stay for the community. Hosted by Rob “Poetry” Morrow/Queen Tasha Auset.

When: Every Second Saturday; 8pm – 10pm
Where: KRST Unity Church
Address: 7825 S. Western Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90047
NOTE: Admission $5

Soapbox Sessions

About: Soapbox Nation’s adventure began in 2006 when founder, Jason Brain, started an open mic at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in Encino, CA. This event for musicians, poets, and comedians began slowly building a word-of-mouth following and really hit its stride in 2008. Now Soapbox is at a new location, but still in the Valley.

When: Every Tuesday: 8pm – 12am
Maui Sugar Saloon
18389 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356
Website: Facebook Page

Story Salon

About: Story Salon is Los Angeles’s longest running storytelling venue. What began as an alternative to stand-up clubs and self-conscious performance spaces has been challenging performers and audiences for  two decades. Created in a North Hollywood coffee house Story Salon now reaches the globe through Podcasting, publishing, and recordings.

The rules of the Story Salon haven’t changed since it started: Five to seven minutes of original material performed by the author.

When: Every Wednesday: 7:30pm
Where: The Art Parlor
Address: 5302 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village, CA 91607
Cost: $5

SWAAM Open Mic

About: Where a plethora of Artistic, Eclectic, and Creative individuals Present Positive Pieces of Profound work. Come Experience the Passion of these Poets…

When: Every First and Third Fridays: 8pm – 12am
Where: WHIP Community Service Project
Address: 7617 S Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, California
Website: Facebook Page

Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore

About: Tía Chucha’s Open Mic is a welcoming, creative sanctuary where people are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings and talents through various styles of expression. This can be a poem, story, song, joke, freestyle, or just something they feel the need to express. Everyone is welcome to be themselves. It’s FREE. Hosted by Jessica Wilson-Cardenas. Participants sign up on arrival.

When: 2nd, 4th and 5th Fridays: 8pm – 10pm
Where: Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore
Address: 13197 Gladstone Ave, Unit A | Sylmar, CA 91342

Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore: Noches de Canto y Poesia

About: Noches de Canto y Poesía son un tiempo dedicado a músicos, poetas y cantantes de la comunidad para que expresen su arte en español o con influencia Latina. Esto incluye pero no es limitado a boleros, baladas, rock en español, folklórico, latinoamericano, ranchera, trova, canto nuevo, jarocho, huapango y más. Todos están bienvenidos! Entrada gratis. *Conducido por Alejandro Molina. *Artistas invitados son bienvenidos. !Llamenos!*

When: 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays: 8pm – 10pm
Where: Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore
Address: 13197 Gladstone Ave, Unit A | Sylmar, CA 91342                                     NOTE: Spanish language version of Tía Chucha’s open mic

Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore: Young Warriors Open Mic

About: Join the youth of Young Warriors for a night of music, poetry, and spoken word. A night dedicated for youth to express themselves while connecting to their community! Vegan and vegetarian food or snacks for sale during the night. For more information email:

When: Every Third Friday: 7pm – 9:30pm
Where: Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore
Address: 13197 Gladstone Ave, Unit A | Sylmar, CA 91342


About: A queer and ally focused reading series and open mic hosted by Anthony AW!!! Poetry, fiction and non-fiction is allowed!

When: Last Tuesday of the month; 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Book Show
Address: 5503 N Figueroa St., Highland Park, CA 90042

Tonalli Thursdays

About: An open mic located in East L.A. and hosted by Jessica Wilson-Cardenas and the L.A. Poet Society. This open mic is open to all creatives/genres, languages, and gives a little more back in return! With their venue hosts, the beautiful Esparza family, they will take you into a pleasant bohemian experience!

When: First Thursday of the month; 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Tonalli Studios
Address: 4539 E. Ceaser Chavez Ave., East Los Angeles, CA 90022

Tuesday Night Café

About: This popular Little Tokyo open mic has garnered a number of awards over the years. Founded originally by poet and performance artist Traci Kato-Kiriyama, this space has been an epicenter for Asian-American poets dating back to the last millennium. The event maintains a passionate, positive space with a focus on bridging art and community through new original work from Asian American/Pacific Islander communities and the greater Los Angeles area. Poet Mike Sonksen says of the open mic, “[Los Angeles City Hall’s] silhouette looming overhead adds even more atmosphere to the dynamic reading.”

When: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from April to November: 7:30pm – 10pm
Where: Aratani Courtyard at Union Center for the Arts
Address: 210 Judge John Aiso St., Little Tokyo, L.A., CA 90012

Unbuckled NOHO Poetry

About: If rhythm, rhyme and ricochet are your aim, look no further than this multi varied bunch for two hours of syllables, syntax and sentences that fill the air with wonder and your soul with substance. It is a safe haven away from the rest of the world where people can all go to unbuckle their poetic energies and talents for themselves and others. Where they are not judged, but appreciated. Every race, religion and creed, young and old and in-between are not only wanted, but welcome at UNBUCKLED.

When: 1st Saturday of the month: 3:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Where: One Storefront east of Vineland, UT Studios, around the corner from Odyssey Video
Address: 10943 Camarillo St., North Hollywood, CA 91602
Website: Facebook Page

Unurban Coffee House 

About: If it’s the second Thursday of the month….You’re a poet, inspiring poet, entertainer, lover…Of all things…Join the Unurban Coffee House for Velvet Guerrilla Open Mic Poetry night, one of the longest running poetry and performance open mics in the Los Angeles area. They advise everyone to leave their ego at the door, praise all newcomers & continue to support their loyal performers.

When: 2nd Thursday of the month: 8pm
Where: Unurban Coffee House
Address: 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
Website: Facebook Page

Viento Y Agua Open Mic

About: Viento Y Agua Open Mic is a weekly open mic w/mixed acts. Hosted by Alyssandra. List fills up fast, so get there early. Sign ups begin at 7:30.

When: Every Thursday: 8pm – 10pm
Where:  Viento Y Agua
Address: 4007 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, CA
Website: and

The World Stage/Anansi Writers Workshop

About: The Anansi Writers Workshop was founded in 1990 by Kamau Daáood, Akilah Oliver, Nafis Nabawi and Anthony Lyons. In 1993, Michael Datcher initiated the development of a three-part format for the workshop. Their tradition of a community workshop began in the late 1960s at the Watts Writers’ Workshop, where World Stage co-founder Kamau Daáood started his writing career. The Anansi Writers Workshop is coordinated by V. Kali and Conney Williams.

When: Every Wednesday: 7:30pm – 10pm
Where: The World Stage
Address: 4321 Degnan Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008
Note: $5 donation                                                                                                                             Website:

The Writers Underground

About: There are no features because the feature is you. Founded January 2014 at the Eastside Cafe. Hosted by Iris De Anda

When: Every third Thursday; 8pm
Where: Other Books
Address: 2006 E Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90033                              Website:

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