Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Poetry and Opportunity
Last year our local Barnes and Noble hosted an open mic evening once a month from January to April. It was fantastic. A family-friendly space in the book store, set with chairs, where student poets could perform their work. We brought the microphone and the community coordinator at the store, set up the space.
It honored students' voices. They looked forward to it, loved it.
Poetry and appreciation for it, blossomed on campus. Unfortunately Barnes and Noble couldn't host us this year--chair rental was too expensive and though we offered to bring our own chairs, we couldn't work out any dates that didn't clash with the store's calendar. We've been searching for a space, opportunities to in front of a microphone.
We decided we would meet once a month at a local open-mic venue. Shoulder willing, I'll meet the poets there this month. The venue is a coffee-house, adult open mic night. One dream I have is to host our own teen open-mic night twice a month, weekly, once a month. What would it take? Surely I should be able to find time and a space--a coffee house, a book store, somewhere cozy, free and friendly. If you have ideas, or know someone who knows someone, please share by leaving a comment.