(Updated September 2020)


St. Rocco’s Poetry Collective hosts an invitational reading series featuring a mix of visiting and local writers. Our main event is St. Rocco’s Readings for the Dispossessed, which features 3 (sometimes 4) readers. This is our original series, launched in September 2016. This series has moved around to various locations in the Capital District of NY. Our (outdoor) Summer-Fall 2020 series is located at People’s Park on Grand Street in Albany, NY. St. Rocco’s Poetry Collective also organizes a series of special annual readings including:

  • Zhivago Slog and Open Mic on Themes of Woe (annually on a Saturday close to Valentine’s Day) (Read about it)
  • Midwinter Day Marathon with Bernadette Mayer (annually close to December 22)
  • Dispossessed for the Dispossessed (annually on 3rd Saturday of May) (Listen to 2020 marathon)
  • STREAM Salon: St. Rocco’s annual Electronic Art & Music night (See photos of 2019 salon)

For two years, we presented the KNOW Readings, created to feature “one writer reading one work for one hour.” That program was put on hiatus in 2019, but will return after the pandemic is over (without the “reading from one work” part of the formula.)


St. Rocco’s Poetry Collective presents a bi-weekly radio show on WCAA 107.3 FM in Albany. Visit the Broadcast page for more information.
We organize broadcasts of marathon readings and specials whenever possible.

Who we are

St. Rocco’s Poetry Collective was founded in September 2016 as a writers’ workshop-cum-reading series, by founding members Alexis Bhagat, Aimee Harrison, Kenning JP Garcia, Michael Peters, dgls.n.rthschld and Alifair Skebe. Albany writer Brandon Tankersley was also a member of the workshop in the first year; poets Adam Tedesco and Dan Nester have collaborated on planning readings; Anton at the Hudson River Coffee House and Jay at the Excelsior Pub have sheltered and supported our series.

St. Rocco’s Poetry Collective is currently Alexis Bhagat, Kenning JP Garcia, and dgls.n.rthschld.