The Renegade Reading Series was founded in 2011 to showcase emerging writers in New York City. Caitlin Elizabeth Harper hosts the series once a month at Cafe con Libros, a feminist community bookstore in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Volumes Bookcafe is an independent bookstore cafe in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. Volumes is a family-owned business, brought to life by two Chicago-area sisters whose careers have always been intertwined with books. They host monthly book clubs, open mics and comedy nights, weekly trivia, and StoryTime twice a week, along with a number of author and literary events.
Every third Wednesday at 7:00PM, WordsWest hosts literary events that range from readings by published local and national authors, to craft discussions and guided writing explorations for every experience level at C & P Coffee Company. WordsWest Literary Series is curated by West Seattle writers Katy E. Ellis, Susan Rich, Heidi Seaborn and Harold Taw.
Housed in the historic Longbotham building in the up-and-coming east end of downtown Spokane, this venue displays artwork by some of Spokane’s best local artists, including Dan Spalding, Katey Manley, Tiffany Patterson, Erin Carden, and Alan Chatham. Boots offers coffee, pastries, and alcoholic beverages. They host poetry readings, open mics, and live music throughout the year.
The Octopus is a literary salon, re-interpreted in the twenty-first century to engage and entertain readers, writers, musicians, artists of all ages in Uptown Oakland, California. The Octopus Literary Salon includes a café with food, beer and wine, a small-scale speciality used and new bookstore (records too), and a space for public readings and discussions, as well as other literary spontaneity.
Established in 1979, the Trident Booksellers and Café has used and new books, with an emphasis on art, religion, and culture, as well as poetry and literature. Trident hosts readings and other literary and community events throughout the year.
The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse & Community Performance Venue features weekly readings, monthly gallery showings, nightly performances, and other assorted live events, including the decades-old “So, You're a Poet” reading series hosted by poet and Kerouac School alumnus Tom Peters, owner of the Beat Book Shop.
The Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Cafe in Boulder on University Hill, was founded in 2010. As one of three exclusively-poetry bookstores in the United States, Innisfree hosts frequent poetry readings, open mic events, book club meetings, writer talks, school group events, and other literary events for the local community throughout the year.
Bo’s Kitchen & Bar Room hosts many special events, including private parties, live music, and the #YeahYouWrite Literary Reading Series in their Garden District Lounge. Each evening event has author readings and literary cocktails, dining and book signing; books are available for sale. They also host a Late Night Mic for the first ten guests who sign up and attend the author readings.
Water Witch Coffee is a café that supports the arts and hosts events of all kinds throughout the year including live music, writing workshops, and art openings. The Ministry of Artistic Intent hosts the Water Witch Poetry & Writing Series on the second Thursday of every month, which consists of a writing workshop with guest workshop leaders, a featured reading segment, and an open mike.