The Inspired Word – Queens’ Best Open Mic

There is an odd thing that happens in a room full of artists – a sort of energy that pulsates. A flowing of creative juices, but a flow that hangs in the air and intertwines itself between chair legs and shoelaces, passing between mic hand offs and clapping palms.

The Inspired Word is one of the best examples of this energy. When you think New York City open mics, you think dark basements in the city, bathroom walls covered in art you can’t exactly comprehend.  Your first thought isn’t Queens. Admit it. But Mike Geffner has changed that – he’s brought The Inspired Word to his Queens hometown, and it has completely erupted.

Last night, we were lucky enough to get a chance to sponsor The Inspired Word at Coffeed LIC. Starting promptly at 7 p.m, the room was packed with more than 70 performers and audience members. Artists ready to bare their soul through their words, audience members eager to soak them up. What unraveled at The Inspired Word was a show with so much variety – so much talent – that it was completely awe-inspiring. And even better – this is exactly what happens every single week.

You can’t characterize the performers that come to Coffeed every Wednesday. You could try to put them all into a single mold – and you’d be wrong. There is no way to summarize the artists – they are both young and old, men and woman, all ethnicities, all professions, all backgrounds – a pure conglomeration of New York City, bound only by the fact that they all occupy one title: artists. Full of creativity. Eager to perform.

If you enjoy performing – sign up. The Inspired Word is at Coffeed every Wednesday, and you can sign up for a spot in advance right here (you also get a free non-performing audience member with this option). The crowd is one of the most inviting we’ve ever seen, and the atmosphere is comfortable and welcoming. If you’ve got stage fright, it’ll be whisked away on the Inspired Word stage. If you’re nervous about your new song, rap, comedy piece or story – this is the place to debut it. We can’t wait to go back.

You can check out some of the pictures from the night below, or find more on The Inspired Word’s Facebook. All photos courtesy of Mike Geffner.







37-18 Northern Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11101
Operating Hours
Mon-Fri: 7am – 7pm
Sat-Sun: 8am – 6pm
Tel 718-606-1299