What we're about

C.O.F.F.I.E. Is an acronym meaning "Connecting Friends For In-town Events".

My name is Roderick Smith. I am the owner/organizer of this amazing group, and I love visiting coffeehouses; so much so, that I bought my own shop in March of 2009 and operated it for nearly 2 years. Although my coffee shop is now closed, my passion and love for coffee, conversation, networking, and the arts still drives me. This meetup group is exploding with events which exemplify these passions!

If you're the kind of person who likes to hang out at indie coffeehouses, enjoys great poetry & spoken-word, loves live music performances (as a performer or fan), or you want to meet other interesting, diverse, like-minded people for intelligent conversation over coffee and dessert, then C.O.F.F.I.E. is for you

We have networking meetups, coffee-talks, latte-art contests, open-mics, and stimulating discussions on subjects like: Politics; Socio-economic issues; cultural, racial, and relationship conflicts and solutions, and information about where to go and what to do in Atlanta!

The group features several monthly meetings you don't want to miss. Most notable are "The Gathering" held on 4th Thursdays each month on the patio of Cafe Intermezzo, and the "Do You Lyric Lounge" open-mic event, hosted by the charismatic LadyVee DaPoet on the 2nd Saturday of each month at HodgePodge Coffeehouse & Gallery.

This is your opportunity to connect with the fastest-growing arts and professional networking meetup group in Atlanta. You will not be disappointed..just read some of the Group Reviews!

Click Here To Get A Sample Of Our Events (http://youtu.be/CfiWB8K8nf0)

Upcoming events (3)

Virtual Event: LadyVee on V-103! (103.3 FM)

V-103 The People's Station

Thursday, December 8th
10 pm Est

Poetic Moments, on the Quiet Storm with 39 Year Veteran & Award-Winning Personality Joyce Littel; also the Program Director of WAOK 1380 and co-host Award-Winning Poet, owner of Poetry vs.Hip-Hop, event curator,Dj, Clark Atlanta Professor and social activist Queen Sheba

We are excited to interview LadyVee DaPoet LIVE on V103 - The People’s Station #1 in Atlanta for Hip-Hop, R&B and throwbacks!

LadyVee DaPoet is an event organizer for Meetup.com, 4x poetry collection author, spoken word artist, event producer, event hostess and co-owner of Art Out Loud Creative Space / Allen Pough Studio.

She is the current host of the Art Out Loud Open Mic Variety Show held every 2nd Saturday at Westview Maker Space in Atlanta.

Tune in on Thursday, Dec 8th on 103.3 FM for poetry and creative insight. It's a 'Poetic Moment' you definitely don't want to miss!

Art Out Loud-ATL Open Mic Variety Show

Westview Maker Space


Got Talent?

Be Bold and Be Heard - Live Your ART OUT LOUD!!

You are cordially invited to the Art Out Loud ATL Open Mic.

When: Saturday, December 10th

Doors open/open mic list sign up: 5:30 pm
Show: 6 to 8 pm

Hosted by: LadyVee DaPoet

Original Music provided by: Allen Pough Productions, Entertainment Music Group

Featuring: Spoken Word Slam Poet, Black Phoenix

Location: Westview Maker Space / 1554 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. ATL

Cost: to support the feature artist and the venue, audience members and performers are asked to purchase a $10 ticket per person in advance. Cashapp, Paypal or Cash ticket purchases are also available at the door for $15 per person.

Discount Entry advance tickets here: https://artoutloudopenmicdec2022.eventbrite.com

Our stage welcomes open mic artists of various genres: spoken word, musicians, singers, actors/actresses with dramatic monologues, conscious hip hop artists, and anyone with unique talent to share.
Sign up sheet is at the door from 5:30 to 6 pm


FREE limited parking at the lot next to the venue.

Grab your ticket ASAP - it's time to REIGNITE your Creative Passion!
Feature Artist
Art Out Loud ATL Open Mic Variety Show
December 10th

Marcus Black-Phoenix Turner

Marcus Turner aka Black Phoenix a Lynchburg, Virginia native who migrated to Simpsonville South Carolina found his voice through poetry. Black Phoenix embodies humbleness but when on stage is a fiery phoenix. He is a multi-talented musician and brilliant writer. He began his journey by attending open mics throughout the upstate of South Carolina and competed in many slams. Through honing his craft and tapping into his pain from relationships and family he began to be a force to be reckoned.
Black Phoenix was a member of the Upstate SC Poetry Slam Team-Tell It! (2012) and a member of the Upstate SC Poetry Slam Team-Say What (2011&2013), and tied for 9th place of over 130 poets in the 2015 Southernfried poetry slam competition. Also, Black Phoenix was the 2012, 2015, 2018, and 2019 Upstate SC Haiku Slam Champion as well as being the 2015, 2016, 2018 Southernfried haiku slam champion, Southernfried Regional, and National Nerd Slam champion and is the current Slam Master for the SayWhat!? Poetry slam team in Greenville, SC

Catch him performing Live at Westview Maker Space on Saturday, December 10th!

Art Out Loud Creative Space/Allen Pough Studio Grand Opening

3480 Greenbriar Pkwy SW


Oh now THIS is gonna be goooood.....

When: Sunday, December 11th

Where: 3480 Greenbriar Pkwy, Suite 224 / Atlanta GA (Greenbriar Office Park)

Hosted by: CEO Allen Pough & LadyVee DaPoet

Limited Exclusive Access - Tickets Required
All proceeds benefit the 'Studio Expansion Fund'

Ticket Link: artoutloudgrandopeningdec2022.eventbrite.com

$12 Early bird tickets / $15 tickets the week of the event
No 'at the door' ticket sales on the day of the event.

Join us for refreshments, studio tour, open mic showcase and check out how our fantastic creative services and resources can benefit You and expand Your artistry!

It's going to be a very special time of Quality Creative Expression.
Live your ART OUT LOUD


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