The evening opened with the music of the folk/jazz/blues trio called The Aforementioned, consisting of lead singer/composer Noelle Hall with Dean Thompson and Helen Thompson.
Susan Downe, our featured poet from one year ago, introduced St. Thomas poet Julie Berry who read from her two collections to rapt attention and laughter from the audience. Her descriptions of school teaching and small town and rural life managed to combine simplicity, mystery and humour with a powerful sense of poetry.
Fifteen open mic poets from all ends of every spectrum read late into the evening, punctuated by the sound of forks on plates of Greek food and the sipping of wine.
Photos by Brie Berry.
Julie Berry interview and poems
Musicians’ bio for The Aforementioned