Open Mic Directory
S F Bay Area

photo of Open Mic poet Jessie Beagle
Jessie Beagle
photo of Louis Cuneo, Touch of A Poet, Berkeley Poetry Festival and Mother's Hen founder
Louis Cuneo
photo of poet Julia Vinograd, winner of Berkeley's lst Lifetime Achievement Award
Julia Vinograd
Phillip Nails
Phillip Nails
Tshai Ungar
Tshai Ungar
Jack Hirschman
Jack Hirshman
Lucille Day
Lucille Day
Dale Jensen
Dale Jensen
Judy Wells
Judy Wells
Kirk Lumpkin
Kirk Lumpkin
Joannie Gatten
Joannie Gatten
Edwin Massey
Edwin Massey
Mary Mackey
Mary Mackey
Jack and Adele Foley
Jack & Adele Foley
Charles Ellick
Charles Ellick
Dixi Cohn
Dixi Cohn
Mary Rudge & Jesse Beagle
Mary Rudge & Jesse Beagle
Jennifer Stone
Jennifer Stone
Randy Fingland
Randy Fingland
Nonnie Howard & H.D. Moe
Nonnie Howard & H.D. Moe
Michael, Marcia Poole & Lee Williams
Michael, Marcia Poole
& Lee Williams
Juan Siquerious
Juan Siquerious
Johnie Hart
Johnie Hart
Randy Fingland, LA Woods & Louis Cuneo
Randy Fingland, LA Woods &
Louis Cuneo
Teddy Weiler
Teddy Weiler
LA Wood
LA Wood
Maggie Meyer
Maggie Meyer
Adam David Miller
Poet Adam David Miller
Marc Kockinos
Poet & MC Marc Kockinos
Bob Booker
Poet Bob Booker
Katherine Hastings
Poet Katherine Hastings



Poetry Unbound
Signup 5 PM, starts at 5:15 PM, Contributions requested but not required, three Featured Readers, Art House Gallery, 2905 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, Ca. (one block north of Ashby BART), Wheelchair Access, Children Welcomed

Gears Turning
4 - 5:30 PM, Free, Featured Readers and Open Mic, 2nd Sundays, Modern Times Bookstore Collective, 2919 24th St. (between Alabama & Florida), San Francisco, Wheelchair Access, Children Welcomed

Pleasanton's Century House Poetry Reading
2 - 4 PM, $5 , Once a month - call to see what date, 2401 Santa Rita Rd, Pleasanton


The Bistro
8 – 11 P.M., Free, Open Mike with Music, call first 1001 B St. at Main, Hayward, 510 886-8525, Wheelchair Access, Children Not Welcomed

Bird and Beckett Series
7 - 9 PM, Free, Features and Open Mic, 1st & 3rd Mondays, Bird and Beckett Books, 653 Chenery (near Diamond & Glen Park BART station), San Francisco, 415 586-3733, , Wheelchair Access, Children Welcome

Monday Night Open Mic @ Brainwash
7 PM, Free, Open Mic with Feature, 1122 Folsom St. (at 7th in SOMA), San Francisco,
Wheelchair Access, Children Not Welcome

Poetry Express
7 - 9 PM, Free, Features, Open Mic and a Monthly all open Theme Night, Himalayan Flavors, 1585 University (at California), Berkeley, 510 704.0174,, Wheelchair Access, Children Welcome


Keane's 3300 Club
6:30 Sign-up, Starts at 7 PM, Free, Open Mic: Food & Featured Reader, last Tuesday of the month - call first, 3300 Mission @ 29th St., San Francisco, 415 826-6886, Wheelchair Access, Children Not Welcome,

Benicia Public Library
7:00 PM, Free, Open Mic, 1st Tuesday of each month, 150 East "L" St., Benicia, Wheelchair Access, Children Welcome

Starry Plough Open Mic
8-11 P.M., Free, Open Mic, sign-up 7:30 P.M., 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510.841.2082, The Starry Plough Pub,

Albany Public Library
7 - 9 PM, Free, Features with Open Mic, 2nd Tuesday each month, Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Ave., Albany, 510 526-3720, Wheelchair Access, Children Beware: Free Speech Zone


Berkeley Poetry Slam @ Starry Plough
8-11 P.M., $7, Slam, 3101 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, 510.841.2082, The Starry Plough Pub, Wheelchair Access, Children Beware: Free Speech Zone

Sacred Grounds Café
6:30 PM Sign-up, 7:30 - 9:50 PM, Free, Open Mic with Featured Readers, Sacred Grounds Café, 2095 Hayes (@ Cole), San Francisco, 415 387-3859, Dan Brady, Wheelchair Access, Children Welcome

Smack Dab
7:30 PM Sign-up, Starts at 8 PM, Free, Open Mic: Words, Music & Comedy, 3rd Wednesday each month, Magnet, 4122 18th St. (near Castro), San Francisco,Children Not Welcome

Lyrics & Dirges
7:30 - 9P.M. Free, 3rd Wednesday each month, 2349 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, 510.649.1320
Wheelchair Access, Children Welcome


16th & Mission Open Mic Poetry
9 PM - Midnight, Free, 16th St BART Station, 16th St and Mission St, San Francisco , Wheelchair Access, Adult Content

Second Thursday Prose & Poetry
7:30-9 P.M., Free (but donations appreciated), 2nd Thursday of the month, Features followed by Open Mic, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St., Alameda, Wheelchair Access, Children Welcome

Bazaar Cafe Open Mic
7 PM, Free, Open Mic: Music & Poetry, Bazaar Cafe, 5927 California St. (between 21st & 22nd Ave.), San Francisco, (415) 831-5620, Access, Children Welcome

Bernal's New Poet's Night
7-9 PM, Free, 2nd Thursday of the month, Featured Reader followed by round-robin open reading (1st ten signups), Bernal Star (aka B-Star) Cottage, 410 Cortland Ave., San Francisco & 22nd Ave.), San Francisco, nottyb @ Wheelchair Access, Children Welcome

Thursdays At Readers Poetry Series
6:30 PM, Free, Featured Readers, Reader's Bookstore, Fort Mason Building C, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Wheelchair Access, Children Welcome


The Last Word Reading Series
7 PM, Free, Featured Readers with Open Mic , 2nd Friday of each month, Nefeli Caffe (full dinner menu with tapas, coffees & wine & beer), 1854 Euclid @ Hearst, Berkeley, 510.841.6374, No Wheelchair Access, Free Speech Zone - Children Beware

Poetry and Performance at Café International
7:30 PM Sign-up, 8 - 11 PM, Free, Open Mic: Readers & Musicians, 508 Haight @ Fillmore, San Francisco 94117, 415 552-7390, Wheelchair Access, Children Welcome

Poetry Saloon (Drunk on Poetry)
2nd Friday each month, 472 44th St., Oakland, 510-594-2200 , or, No Wheelchair Access, Children Welcome

Faithful Fools Series
6 - 8:30 PM, Poetry, Comics and Singers, 2nd Friday of each month, 234 Hyde St., San Francisco, 415. 474.0508,, Wheelchair Access, Children Welcome

Expressions Gallery Poetry Series
7- 9 PM, Free, Featured Readers and Open Mic, 3rd Friday of each month,Expressions Gallery (between Adeline & Shattuck), Berkeley, 510.644.4930, Wheelchair Access, Children Welcome


Bay Area Poets Coalition Open Mic
3 - 5 PM, Free, 1st Saturday each month except July (2nd), Open Reading, The Strawberry Lodge Dining Room, 1320 Addison Street (Please do not park in the parking lot of the facility), Berkeley , 510 527-9905, Wheelchair access, Children Welcome

La Promenade Poetry Series
7 - 9:30 PM, Featured Readers with Open Mic, 1st Saturday of each month, 3643 Balboa St., San Francisco, Wheelchair Access, Children Welcome

The Music of the Word (La Palabra Musical) Series
5 - 7 PM, Free, 4th Saturday each month, Featured Reader with Open Mic, in Spanish and English, Cesar E. Chavez Branch, Suite 271, Oakland Public Library, 3301 East 12th Street at 32nd Avenue (½ block North of Fruitvale BART & 1 block South of International), Oakland, CA (510)535-5620, access, Children Welcome

Slap Face Coffee
7 - 9:30 PM, Free, 4th Saturday each month, 37324 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA, (510) 565-1130, Wheelchair Access, Children Welcome

Other Days

Lunada — Each Full Moon
7:30 PM Sign-up, $5 or Free with a food dish or membership, Open Mic: Features, Music & Theatre, Galeria de la Raza, 2857 24th St. (at Bryant), 415.826.8009, http://www.galeriadelaraza.orgWheelchair Access, Children Welcome


Mystic Babylon
This is the San Francisco Haight Street poetry podcast. Poets from the Open Mics and poetry readings in the San Francisco Bay Area,

Other Great Poetry Events

Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts
Definitely catch this if you can. Check their web site to see when and where they will be

Cover to Cover with Jack Foley
3 PM Pacific Time: Wednesdays, Live on KPFA. Great poet who is wonderful to listen to.