They include setting up a poetry workshop and possibly an open mic in a federal prison, a plan to have the city stamp poems into sidewalks where they’re being repaired, and helping to motivate high school English students to read and write poetry, possibly by means of a city-wide contest. The prison project just had its first, very enthusiastic meeting, and the other projects are in their initial phases.
These community projects will require more people working in our organization, and those working with more people in the community. And we’ll need to have a more professional organizational structure to handle that. We have lots of work ahead of us this season.
Former featured poet Tom Cull, who took the mic to introduce our October feature Madeline Bassnett, first described our coming participation in the WORDS Literary and Creative Arts Festival, which he co-organises. It will consist of our second November open mic, this one on the 7th at the Marienbad Restaurant, 8 pm, following our regular Mykonos open mic on Nov. 4th.
The audience of 35 enjoyed Western prof Madeline Bassnett’s reading and Q&A. It was followed by a lively lineup of open mic readers, mixed with conversation and merriment into the evening.