Georgia: Poetry, Performance, Storytelling


Click on links to see scheduled events. 

Art Amok, 2nd & 4th Fridays,every-artist open mic, themed verbal art & poetry slams. Art Amok! Poetry Slam, founded in 2006 is one of Atlanta’s two poetry slam venues. 753 Cherokee Ave., SE Atlanta. 404-889-0383. $5.                                       

Atlanta Fulton County Public Library,

Numerous storytelling programs for children available throughout the county.

Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd./ Atlanta 30305, 404-814-4000,  Tickets Required.

Atlanta Vintage Books, 3660 Clairmont Road. 770-457-2919, 

Open Mic Night 3rd Saturday of each month, 7-9 p.m. “A literary salon.”

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Rd. NE, Atlanta 30306, 404-872-5338,  

Carapace Raconteurs

A live monthly event (4th Tuesday of each month) of raconteuring, true personal stories told without notes, in which the audience performs, and performers are the audience. Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta 30307, 404-525-3447.

Charis Books and More, 1189 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta 30307, 404-524-0304,

3rd Thursday of every month, 7:30 p.m.–Cliterati Open No Mic: Charis and Cliterati pair up to present an inviting and fierce open mic & reading series.

Emory University, 540 Asbury Circle NE, Atlanta 30322, 

Georgia State University,

Georgia Center for the Book, Decatur Public Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur.

Georgia Perimeter College (Dunwoody)

Georgia Writers Museum, S. Jefferson Avenue, Eatonton 31024

Check this FB page for monthly open Mic Night, at the Eatonton Putnam County Library. Readings will start at 6:30. Refreshments served. Email for more information.

Java Monkey,  425 Church St., Decatur 30030, 404-378-5002. 

Open mic poetry readings, hosted by Kodac Harrison. . 8 p.m., signup @ 7:30. Also monthly poetry slams.

Little Shop of Stories, 133A East Court Square, Decatur 30030.

Story Time: Tuesday at 11 a.m., Thursday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. See Author Signings Page for More Children’s Events.

Poetry Atlanta Presents. Decatur Public Library, 215 Sycamore St. 30030

Poetry at Tech, Kress Auditorium,  500  Tenth  St. NW 30309. Free. See site for parking suggestions.

Southern Order of Storytellers, c/o Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Rd. NE,  Atlanta 30306,  

Ongoing events: Southern Order of Storytellers/ P.O. Box 16882/ Atlanta 30321/ 678-824-4486.

Stories on the Square is a monthly, open mic, personal storytelling performance. Currently are two locations. If you are interested in forming a Stories on the Square in your area, contact Shannon McNeal at 404-855-6611 or

Stories on the Square – Gwinnett:  7:00 – 10:00 p.m. – 1st Tuesday of the month.  No cover – free parking
Crossing Steak House Restaurant,  40 South Peachtree Street,  Norcross, GA
Hosted by Mike Mount and Denise DesSoye Mount. ***If you would like to practice a longer story in front of an audience, let the hosts know so they can schedule it and spread the word!

Stories on the Square – Decatur:  5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – 2nd Sunday of the month.  No cover – free parking
Kavarna in Oakhurst,  707B East Lake Drive, Decatur, GA 30030
Hosted by Louisa Merchant.



StoryCorps Atlanta. Atlanta History Center, McElreath Hall, 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW 30305.

Tuesdays, 1-6 p.m.; Saturdays , 10 a.m.-4 p.m.—Record, preserve and share your story. As heard on NPR. Free

Vouched Books, 

Champions of Small Press Literature: Whether we’re reviewing work on our website, hosting a reading, or selling small press books at one of our guerrilla bookstores, the heart of Vouched Books is this: we love small press literature. See Vouched Presents tab for upcoming events

The Wren’s Nest, Home of Joel Chandler Harris and Br’er Rabbit.–1050 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW 30310, 404-753-7735.

Storytelling Saturdays at 1 pm–The Wren’s Nest offers storytelling on Saturdays at 1 pm and by appointment throughout the week.

Write Club Atlanta, Performance Art at Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge:

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