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When and where to listen to Orlando's best writers read their work – or get up and join in 


There Will Be Words | This reading series, hosted by J. Bradley, invites some of the best writers in Florida and often delves into genre-specific readings like flash fiction or even fan fiction. Second Tuesdays at the Gallery at Avalon Island, 39 S. Magnolia Ave.;

Functionally Literate | Though you can catch Burrow Press' weekly "Functionally Literate" radio show at 9 a.m. Thursdays on WPRK 91.5 FM, don't miss their semi-regular live events that pair Central Florida writers with visiting writers from all over the world. Various dates and locations (roughly quarterly);

The Drunken Odyssey | Though all of their live events are great – don't miss the annual tribute to erotic poetry in February – John King and friends' weekly podcast about writing is entertaining enough on its own, featuring guests from all across the literary landscape. Various dates and times;

The Bohemian Woods | Billed as a literary version of The Daily Show, this monthly reading series from longtime Speakeasy host Tod Caviness encourages readers to tie their pieces into current events. First Tuesdays at the Imperial at Washburn Imports, 1800 N. Orange Ave.;

The S.A.F.E. Words Poetry Slam | This competitive poetry slam series, hosted by Curtis Meyer, is a qualifying event for the annual National Poetry Slam and often brings in special guests to perform. Monthly at the Milk Bar, 2424 E. Robinson St.

Orlando Story Club | This storytelling series is open to anyone who wants to tell a story or just listen. With a variety of themes for each night, you're unlikely to hear the same story twice. First Wednesdays at the Abbey, 100 S. Eola Ave., 407-234-7563;

Di-verse Word | One of the longest-running literary open mics in the area takes place on the patio of Dandelion every week. Tuesdays at Dandelion Communitea Café, 618 N. Thornton Ave., 407-362-1864;

Punslingers | Fans of puns and dad jokes should keep an eye out for this wordplay competition staged as a game show. Contestants compete to get the biggest groans and win the coveted golden "pun gun." Various dates and locations;

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