Open Mics

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: 6328 Orchard Ave, Bell, CA 90201

Avenue 50 Studio/La Palabra Poetry

About: La Palabra, a program of the Avenue 50 Studio, is now in its fourteenth year, and 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 closing with a Q & A. It is is hosted by Karineh Mahdessian.

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

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: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291
Note: Free, but donations welcome (goes towards paying the feature)

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: 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 & Melissa Alverado. Five-minute limit. Sign ups at 1:45 pm.

When: 4th Sunday of the Month: 2pm
Where: 681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf/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 it’s stride in 2008.

When: Every Fridays: 7pm-10pm (except winter)
Where: 16101 Ventura Blvd, Encino CA 91316

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 we have a special feature or not. Sadly, we can not 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: 544 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax District, CA 90036
Cost: $5

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: 544 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax District, CA 90036
Cost: $10

Dirty Laundry Lit 

About: Dirty Laundry Lit is a California non-profit that promotes reading. We offer a quarterly reading series that blends Live music and literature. The scene is set in an underground club with good folks and good reads. We bring together diverse writers from all over the nation who, through their well-written material and strong verbal storytelling ability, spark a fire that encourages our audiences to read. Curated by Natashia Deón.

When: Once a quarter
Where: The Virgil
Address: 4519 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Feliz, CA 90430
Note: By submission only,

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

Eastside Café/Writers Underground

About: A space open to as many people as possible, who may have never had the opportunity to express themselves. Mike Sonksen echoes this sentiment:”the vibe here is one of the most welcoming in the city.” Hosted by L.A. poet Iris de Anda.

When: Every 3rd Thursday: 9pm-11pm
Where: Eastside Café
Address: 5469 N. Huntington Drive, El Sereno, CA 90032

Eat Art Open Mic

About: Word nerds unite!! Show off your sickest poem, zine, short story, spoken word – whatever your form of storytelling. Hosted by Sabrina Dropkick!!!! Sign-up from 8 to 8:30PM.

When: Every 1st Friday: 8:30pm-10pm
Where: Bookshow Books
Address: 5503 N. Figueroa St, Highland Park, CA 90042

Flight School Open Mic

About: Join in one of L.A’s most unique & FUN loving Open Mic experiences the entire city has too offer! Flight School Open Mic has been in production for more than 8 years. Every type of Artistic expression is welcome to share the stage! hosted by Kimiko.

When: Every Tuesday: 9pm-12pm
Where: Cafe Fais Do-Do
Address: 5257 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90016
Cost: $5 cover charge
Website: Facebook Page

Fox Coffee House/Cadence Collective Poetry Party

About: Murray Thomas is co-hosting a Poetry Party with Sarah Thursday. An open space in Long Beach to show off one’s best poetry. There may also be some surprises along the way! Sign up to read your poems during the open reading and enjoy–not one–but two featured readers, one will always be a Cadence Collective contributor. There may also be some surprises along the way! Mike “The Poet” Sonksen says of the venue,”A generous spirit defines the space.” Sign-ups begin at 6:45 pm.

When: Every 2nd Monday: 7pm-9pm
Where: Fox Coffee House
Address: 437 W. Willow St., Long Beach, California 90806
Website: Cadence Collective

Hollywood Poets

About: “Let’s get together and feel alright,” says co-host Ideas Aubrey. Ideas co-host with TranSe Carter. This open mic takes pride in providing a safe space for all kinds of artiest to take the stage because they know, “It takes tremendous courage for anyone getting on the mic. You will be encouraged, supported, and most of all loved.” This open mic includes poetry, comedy, music& more. Sign-up begin at 6:30 pm.

When: Every Saturday: 7pm-10pm
Where: Catch 56 Fish & Chips
Address: 5615 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

Kapistahan Grill /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. It publishing quarterly Anthology of their writers titles “(Be)Longing.” All are welcome! Hosted by Stephanie Sajor and Eddy M. Gana Jr., sign-ups begin at 4:30pm.

When: 1st Sunday: 5pm – 7pm
Where: Kapistahan Grill
Address: 1925 W. Temple St., Luzon Plaza # 103, Echo Park/Historic Filiponotown, CA 90026
Website: Facebook or

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 2nd Monday: 7pm-9pm
Where: Fox Coffee House
Address: 437 W. Willow St., Long Beach, California 90806
Website: Facebook Page

The Last Sunday at USVAA Theater

About: The Last Sunday is a monthly poetry and story telling event, where veterans and civilians come together to share their art at the USVAA theater in Culver City. It is produced by Joe Gardner and Jerry Della Salla and their production team — Bobby Strahan, Robert Rodriguez, Jennifer Gardner and Sam Spade. Previous performances have been a great success and they continue looking forward to continue featuring this program monthly.

When: Last Sunday of the month: 6pm-9pm
Where: USVAA Theater
Address: 10858v Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 900230
Note: Dedicated to providing a safe space for military veterans to share their creative work.
Website: and

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

A Mic & Dim Lights

About: The warm vibrations a 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

Our Mic

About: Our Mic is an open mic created & hosted by Arianna Basco and Beau Sia that meets every Wednesday in Downtown LA at The Great Company.

When: Every Wednesday
Where: The Great Company
Address: 1917 Bay St., Los Angeles, California
Website: and

Rapp Salon

About: A Santa Monica open mic and reading. It features three speakers of Poetry Prose Music Theater.

When: Every first and third Friday of the month
Where: 1436 2nd Street
Address: 1436 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 40401

Redondo Poets

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

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

Sidewalk Cafe/Poets & Allies for Resistance

About: The Sidewalk Café in Altadena holds Poets & Allies for Resistance, a social justice themed poetry event an open mic. It happens on the first Monday of each month. Some past features have been the poets V Kali and Jawanza Dumisani. Hosted by Khadija Anderson.

When: 1st Monday of each month: 6:45pm
Where: Sidewalk Cafe
Address: 2057 N Los Robles, Altadena, CA 91001
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. 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

Tribal Café/First Monday

About: Tribal Café is a space where there are a number of different poetry events. Located where Echo Park meets Historic Filipinotown, the Tribal Café has been hosting poets and singer-songwriters for a decade. At Tribal Café Lida Parent-Harris hosts the First Mondays open mic that has a creative, diverse crowd of poets, musicians, storytellers, comedians, and people who love to share a new experience.

When: First Monday of the Month: 7pm – 10pm; $6 minimum purchase
Where: Tribal Café
Address: 1651 W. Temple St., Echo Park/Historic Filiponotown, CA 90026
Note: $6 minimum purchase                               Website:

Tribal Café/Chill Sundays

About: Tribal Café is a space where there are a number of different poetry events. Located where Echo Park meets Historic Filipinotown, the Tribal Café has been hosting poets and singer-songwriters for a decade. This is another open mic at the Ttribal Café.

When: 2nd and 4th Sundays: 4pm – 7pm
Where: Tribal Café
Address: 1651 W. Temple St., Echo Park/Historic Filiponotown, CA 90026
Note: $6 minimum purchase

Tuesday Night Café

Aboout: 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. 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 Tuesday from April to November: 7:30pm – 10pm
Where: Tribal Café
Address: 210 Judge John Aiso St., Little Tokyo, L.A., CA 90012

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

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 around the corner from Odyssey Video
Address: 10943 Camarillo St., North Hollywood, CA 91602
Website: Facebook Page

Unurban Coffee House 

About: If it’s Wednesday….You’re a poet, inspiring poet, entertainer, lover…Of all things…Join us for Velvet Guerrilla Open Mic Poetry night. Where we advise you leave your ego at the door, praise all newcomers & continue to support our loyal performers.

When: Every Wednesday: 9pm
Where: Unurban Coffee House
Address: 3301 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405


About: A spoken word and music lounge where spilling your heart is art and searching your soul is mandatory to get in the door. This open mic traces it lineage back to the famed Watt’s Writers Workshop.

When: Every Thursday: 8pm – 10pm
Where: Vibrations
Address: 2435 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood/Morningside Park, CA 90305
Website: Calendar

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:

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

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