Open Mics & Area Series

Let us know if you would like to have your cultural organization, group or event listed here or if you have changes to an ongoing event that is currently listed.

This list was created in 2020. It has shifted or changed, largely due to the Pandemic, in who is now doing what. We’ve tried to notate what may have changed by 2023.

Please check the official  site or links for updated times and programs. You might also check Facebook for the hosts or names associated with these events for more info.

Art Love Magic “Art & Coffee”, 1st Fridays at Buzzbrews Kitchen, 2801 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75226. 7pm. (2023: Not sure this is still going on.)

Dallas Poetry Slam, Friday nights, 8 pm. Heroes, 7402 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231. 8pm. $5. Click on their website for more info. Hosted by Candy, SlamMaster.

Dallas Poets Community, 1st Fridays Open Mic, 
7-9 pm; 2nd & 4th Wednesdays: Workshops, 7-9 p.m. All @ Half Price Books, 5803 E. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX 75231. Hosted by Melanie Pruitt and Alan Gann.

DaVerse Lounge, Youth talent development and showcase readings.  co-hosted by Will Richey (2023: Not sure if this is still happening.)

Espressos and Flows: Open Mic Night, 2nd Fridays, 7-10pm at Toasted Coffee + Kitchen, 5420 Ross Ave, Suite 180, Dallas, Texas 75206 (2023: question mark)

Fort Worth Poetry Slam, Tuesday Nights, 8 pm, 6637 Meadowbrook Dr. , Fort Worth, TX. 8pm. $3. Slam Master: Mike Guinn.  Quinn also hosts multiple monthly events across the metroplex. Contact for more info.

Off the Top of the Dome, Sept 21st, 2018 @ 8pm-11pm Think It – Speak it – Read It – poetry and lyrical sounds at Jazz BeCuzz Art Center, 9319 LBJ Frwy #120 Dallas, Tx 75243 (2023: Not sure)

Lil Cajun Open MicTuesday nights,  7-10pm at Lil Cajun Grill & Sports 5215 Singing Hills Dr. Oak Cliff, TX 75215, Hosted by Annika Michelle. 2023: Not sure if this is still happening.

Mad Swirl Open Mic, 1st Wednesdays, 8 pm Regal Room at Independent Bar and Kitchen is located at 2712 Main St • Dallas, TX 75226. Hosted by Johnny Olson and Michael Clay. Contact:

OPP (Other People’s Poetry) (Founder, host, Joe Milazzo). 2023: Check his website

Pan-African Connection Bookstore: 1st and 3rd Saturdays, “Advancing Literature Skills Through African American Literature, the Arts and Artifacts”, PreK-Adult.  Instructor:Lucy Brown Houston. Info: 214-228-7248, 828 Fourth Ave (across from Fair Park Music Hall.) 2023: Check their website. They always have something going on.

Pandora’s Box Poetry Showcase, Hosted by Paul Koniecki and Christopher Soden. 2023: Find Paul and Christopher to see what their project is.

S.L.A.M. Youth Open Mic, 2nd Saturdays, 7:30-9:30, Union Coffeehouse, 5622 Dyer St., Dallas; Rage Almighty, Teri Odis, mentors. RIP Rage.
2023: We think Dallas Poet Laureate Joaquin Zihuatanejo has taken over this project. You can find him on Facebook.

Unlimited Poetry Slam, Monday nights, 7:30-9:30 pm, Texadelphia, 445 Spaniolo Dr., Arlington, TX 76010 (on UTA campus), Free, Hosted by Annika Michelle, SlamMaster. 2023: Check with venue.

Vellum Ouroboros Poetry Open Mic Salon, 2nd Tuesdays, 7 pm, Deep Vellum Books, 3000 Commerce 75226. Hosted by Paul Koniecki. 2023: Check with venue.

Verse and Rhythm, 4th Saturdays at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson Blvd. 7pm. Hosted by Priscilla Rice, B. Randall, and Rafael Tamayo.
2023: Some version of this great series is probably happening. Check with venue.

Works in Progress Salon: 4th Fridays at the Gideon Center, 3110 Main St., Frisco, TX. 7 -11 pmFor more information contact ManeLock Communications, or call 214-803-3920. 2023: Check with venue.

Poets on X+ Reading Series: 3rd Fridays at Mighty Fine Arts, 409 A North Tyler St., 75208. Founded and hosted by Opaline Salas and Carlos Salas. 2023: Check with venue. This series is still very much a thing, but the dates change per announcement on Facebook.

Check out calendars for:

The Writer’s Garret (ED Michael Clay. Thea Temple, Ret. )
Lucky Dog Books (John and Marquette Tilton, owners)
South Dallas Cultural Center (John Spriggins, Mgr.)
The Wild Detectives  (Lauren Smart, Events Mgr.)
Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture (Dr. Larry Allums)
Half Price Books
Wildcatter Exchange (Fort Worth-Mark Noble)
Deep Vellum Books  (Will Evans, owner and publisher)
Interabang Books: Author readings and bookclubs
Arts and Letters Live: Dallas Museum of Art series
Latino Cultural Center, Benjamin Espino, former Manager
Oak Cliff Cultural Center, Andrea Tosten, Mgr; Tisha Crear, former Manager
Bath House Cultural Center
Jazz Becuzz Arts Group and Art Center

Theatre companies:
Hip Pocket Theater,
Lorca Simons, Artistic Director
Dead White Zombies,
Thomas Riccio, Artistic Director
Teatro Dallas, Sara Cardona, Artistic Director
Kitchen Dog Theater, Tina Parker, Artistic Director
Soul Rep TheatreGuinea Bennett-Price, Tonya Davis-Holloway, Artistic Directors
Dallas Theater Center, Kevin Moriarty, Artistic Director
Undermain Theatre,Bruce DuBose, Artistic Director ( Kathryn Owens, RIP)
Fun House Theater and Film, Jeff Swearingen Artistic Director
Uptown Players
Ochre House Theatre, Matthew Posey Artistic Director
Cara Mia Theatre, David Lozano, Artistic Director
Margo Jones, (collective)
WaterTower Theatre, Joanie Schultz, Artistic Director
Theatre Three, Jerry Schmidt, Artistic Director
Bishop Arts Theatre, Theresa Washington, Artistic Director
South Dallas Cultural Center, Daniel Hanchett, Theatre Director
Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Rodney Dobbs, Artistic Director
Echo Theatre, Teri Ferguson, Managing Artistic Director

Literary Nation, with Patrick Oliver
Hidden Scribes, with Mark Millien

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