Open mic poetry nights have begun again at the Belden Noble Library! If you missed the first one that’s okay because the next event is coming soon. Though you can read a review of the event by Kathy Reccia if you want to get a recap of what was shared and to see what to expect at the next event.
Come to recite your poetry or just to listen. The event is free and open to all poets and all kinds of poetry! RSVP to the event on Facebook to let others know that you will be attending.
If you haven’t written anything new in a while, then perhaps the poem Kevin Cooper recently shared on the blog “Shooting the Split” will inspire your own poetry muses? Or maybe it will just get you in the spirit to attend the library’s poetry event and absorb the literary atmosphere?
Who: Poets, wannabe poets, and poetry fans
What: Poetry Open Mic in Essex (minus microphone)
Where: Belden Noble Memorial Library (opposite Essex-Charlotte ferry)
When: Thursday, December 19 at 7:00 pm
Why: To learn something? To show off your talents? To get out of the house? To have fun!
Call the library for more information at (518) 963-8079.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is it really an open mic?
A: Yes. And no. Next Thursday’s community poetry reading is wide open to the public. But you’ll find no microphone. The space is intimate. And the acoustics are groovy. No microphone is needed. So, strictly speaking the Poetry Open Mic in Essex is not really an “open mic.”
Q: Is it actually a poetry slam?
A: No. They are actually just informal, public readings in which everyone is invited to share their own poetry aloud with a friendly and supportive audience. Poetry slams are competitive.
“Simply put, poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. A poetry slam is a competitive event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience.” (Poetry Slam – General FAQ)
Next Thursday you’ll witness no competition, only encouragement and admiration from your peers.
Q: Is it child friendly?
A: Although poets are invited to decide for themselves whether or not their material is appropriate for the audience, there are sometimes children in attendance and even reading or reciting their own poems. I attended all of the poetry last summer and never once did I witness poetry that was inappropriate for children.
Q: Is there a fee to attend? To read?
A: Although similar events elsewhere often require payment for attendance, it is totally free to attend and/or read at the Poetry Open Mic in Essex. (FYI, the Belden Noble Library does accept/encourage donations.)
Q: Do I have to be a published poet to read?
A: Certainly not. Most of the poets reading write poetry for fun rather than profit. (Excuse the cheeky aside to all writers who’ve grown rich publishing poetry!)
Attend the poetry event and experience the atmosphere for yourself!
- Essex Library Poetry Open Mic Night (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Essex Library Event Announcements (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Essex Library Receives Grant (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Essex Library Silent Auction Has Begun (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)