| Southern Series

A list of poetry reading series in the South (readings by invitation, not open mics, and broadly accepting of “experimental” poetry). See also the Poetry Readings in the South! Facebook group.


Desert Island Supply Company, Birmingham

Indian Springs School Visiting Writers Series, Birmingham

Nitty Gritty Magic City Reading Series, Birmingham

Bankhead Visiting Writers Series, Tuscaloosa

Slash Pine, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa


TYPO/Burning Chair, Fayetteville

Big Rock, Little Rock


Mary Blossom Lee Visiting Poets Series, Boca Raton

O, Miami Visiting Writer Series, Miami

Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach


Avid Poetry Series, Athens

Vox, Athens

Ivy Hall Writers Series, SCAD, Atlanta

Vida Voce, Atlanta

What’s New in Poetry?, Emory, Atlanta

Clayton State Visiting Writers Series, Morrow

Seersucker Shots, Savannah


Black Sheep, Lexington


Blood Jet, New Orleans

Cold Cuts, New Orleans


Trobar Ric, Oxford

North Carolina

Arcade Taberna, Durham

Manic Caravan, Durham

Poetry Hickory, Hickory

So-and-So Reading Series, Raleigh

Pomegranate Books, Wilmington

UNCW Creative Writing Program, Wilmington

South Carolina

Malaprops, Asheville

Oversound, Columbia


Fusebox, Chattanooga

SAFTA, Knoxville

Impossible Language, Memphis


Fun Party, Austin

Kracken, Denton

Brazos Bookstore, Houston

Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series, Houston

Mongoose v. Cobra, Houston

Poison Pen, Houston


Outside the Window: Contemporary Poetry Readings at UVA, Charlottesville

(for D.C.-area poetry start here)

West Virginia