Saturday Night Special,

an East Bay Open Mic



Next Open Mic



Last Saturday of Every Month!

7:00 - 9:30 pm




SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL, an East Bay Open Mic is the monthly literary reading series, which makes its home at Nick’s Lounge on the last Saturday of every month from 7 to 9:30pm.


SNS began in July of 2011 and has acquired a huge following and a reputation for being diverse, loud, gritty, sexy, supportive, inclusive, and loaded with local talent.

Each month we feature two kick-ass writers and about 20 open mic slots, as well as an optional writing theme. The new theme is announced at the end each month’s reading, and posted on our Facebook page. Some themes we’ve had in the past include:  “juicy,” “bloody ,” “dirty,” “naked,” “secrets,” “scars,” “change,” “hair,” and “the body.”


We'd love to hear your (three-minute) poems, stories, comedic sketches and occasional songs on our optional theme (or any topic).


The open mic list is first come first served. Sign-up starts at 7pm and closes when it fills up or when the reading starts.  Sometimes the list is full by 7:03pm, so get there early if you want to read!


A poem, a short story, a little stand-up routine – this could be your 3 minutes of fame! Or just listen, sip a tasty beverage, and clap when everyone else does, no pressure.


Each reader will have 3 minutes maximum. (Strictly enforced.)

For prose writers, this is about one and a half double-spaced pages.


As a side note, we have a special anniversary party every July and a hiatus every December.


Find more details, monthly features, themes, and photos from past events visit our Facebook page, which you should go to and “like” immediately:



Saturday Night Special is FREE!

But please bring CASH to buy drinks. Nick’s Lounge has a 1-drink minimum.


Saturday Night Special is hosted by Hollie Hardy and Tomas Moniz:

HOLLIE HARDY leaps tall buildings in a single bound. She can teach you how to survive anything. Her first collection of poetry, How to Take a Bullet, And Other Survival Poems, is currently looking for a home. She holds an MFA in poetry from SFSU, and teaches writing classes at Berkeley City College. She is the venue coordinator for the Beast Crawl Literary Festival in Oakland, co-curator of Litquake's Flight of Poets, and a former Editor-in-Chief of Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review. Her work has appeared in Eleven Eleven, sPARKLE & bLINK, The Common, A Sharp Piece of Awesome, Parthenon West Review, One Ded Cow, Transfer, Milvia Street, and other journals. She lives in Oakland, California. Write to if you want to give her money.

TOMAS MONIZ is the founder, editor, and a writer for the award-winning zine and book Rad Dad, and author of the novella Bellies and Buffalos. He is also co-founder and co-host of the successful monthly reading series Lyrics and Dirges, every third Wednesday in downtown Berkeley. Tomas teaches at Berkeley City College focusing on basic skills classes and works with the National Writing Project. He is helping to raise three children and lives with a menagerie of animals in Berkeley, California.


After Saturday Night Special, stick around for karaoke starting at 10pm!