Outer East Arthouse – Open Mic Poetry Night

Open Mic Poetry Night
May 21, 2017      
7:00p - 8:30p

Schedule

   7pm to 8:30pm

Before 7pm – sign up to be on the speakers list
7:00 to 7:10 – Introductions and explanation of the night’s program
7:10 to 7:50 – Speakers share in ~5 minute intervals
7:50 to 8:00 – Refreshments
8:00 to 8:30 – share reflections/ feedback or additional poems

Plan for the program/ground rules:

- Everyone is welcome to share some poetry-  their own or a favorite from someone else

- The idea is for people to have a SAFE place to share their work, improve their speaking skills and receive some feedback on it.

- We are trying to build a community of artists among the general community of Eastridge/Happy Valley. Being open and friendly to those who see the world differently than ourselves is a major step towards that. Cooperation/patience/openness and non-judgmental space is paramount to this end.

- Participation as an artist or a listener are essential and of equal importance.

- If giving feedback think of doing so in a loving manner, it is a gift you are presenting to someone who has laid their life/emotions out there. Imagine it as a sandwich of praise filled with encouragement to improve/clarify/punch-up something then followed by another slice of praise.

- The work does not have to be “Church” poetry but should avoid openly offensive verbiage as we may have small ears around…..

- Each speaker signs up for a slot on a signup sheet before we start (those who are late may not get a chance or may need to wait for the period after the refreshments)

- Each may do up to 3 small poems or 1 large for ~5 minutes of microphone time

- After the first round of speaking we will break to get some coffee meet a new friend etc…then join back together to share our feedback with one another or hear more poetry.

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