The Poets’ Asylum reading was the weekly Sunday night open poetry reading, feature and slam event run by the Worcester Po8ry Project, a group of poets and lovers of poetry dedicated to advancing poetry in performance in Worcester. The reading was open to all poets and writers, all ability levels, all styles, all ages with no constraints on content or language.

The average Sunday night at the Asylum consisted of an open reading, followed by a 30-40 minute reading by a spotlighted (also known as a featured) poet. About once a month there was an open slam – a friendly competition judged by randomly chosen audience members. More info on the Slam can be found by clicking the Slam button on the left.

The Asylum ran on a no cover, donation-bucket philosophy. The money collected in the bucket went to pay the feature and support the reading. Thank you for giving generously when the bucket came your way – you supported hundreds of poets!

While it had many homes over the years the Poets’ Asylum last resided at the the WCUW Front Room, 910 Main Street, Worcester. Mad Appreciation for the spaces & opportunities we were given for the reading.



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  1. Hello,

    Something moved me to see if anything for Rumi was happening and I didn’t even remember it was his birthday until I looked. So glad to have found this! What’s the cheapest way to get there using public transportation?

    Thank you for putting this on!


    • Hi, Annie – I do most of my moving around in Worcester by car, so I’m not as familiar as I could be with the public transportation. Your best bet would be – they have maps & schedules up. I’m pretty sure there’s a bus stop close to the reading =) Hope to see you tonight!


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