Haven Reading Series

The Haven Reading Series is the main event for our members to share their poetry in front of a supportive audience in an atmosphere both friendly and inviting. The series runs from September to March on Monday evenings at the Upper Crust Café and some Sunday afternoon at Audreys Books.

Each Haven features four Stroll members who have signed up for their 10-minute reading in advance. Each Haven also features a two-minute Open Mic. The Open Mic is always popular for new and existing members alike. It’s a chance to practice ahead of a scheduled reading or an important way for first timers to feel welcome (and get them hooked on the Stroll!). We do our best to prioritize new readers or first time readers.

A $5 fee is charged at the door Monday nights at the Upper Crust to cover the venue cost and some snacks. Sunday readings at Audreys Books are free of charge.

Volunteers are also needed each week as Mic Host and Door Host: the Mic Host acts as emcee; the Door Host greets people as they arrive. The hosts are essential in supporting the Haven Committee to run a smooth and enjoyable Haven!

Sign Up to be a Scheduled Haven Reader

  • Renew or become a Stroll member (for membership info visit Join The Stroll ).
  • Attend a Haven or two to get familiar with the event.
  • Choose the date you wish, complete the form and submit.
  • Review the Guidelines For Readers  prior to your scheduled date.
  • The Haven Committee will send a reminder.
  • If you are unable to attend your chosen reading date please notify The Haven Committee via the form below.
  • If you do not have web access you may also sign up by contacting the Stroll’s Administrative Assistant Ellen Kartz at 780-422-8216.

Sign Up to be a Mic Host or Door Host

  • Choose the date, select the role you would like to volunteer for, complete the form and submit.
  • The Haven Committee will send a reminder.
  • Mic and Door Hosts do not have to pay the $5 fee.
  • Learn more about the Mic Host and Door host at Join The Stroll.