Chances are you've walked by a local coffee shop or neighborhood bar and seen a crowd of people listening to a poet reading his or her work.
Our open mic readings are for anyone who wants to read their poetry in a public venue. Participating in an open mic reading can be a lot of fun. Some people attend just to listen, others to try out a new poem for an audience, and still others stop by to see if any crazy hijinks will ensue during the reading. It's a great way to meet other writers in your area and find out about your local writing community.
Even if you drop in just to listen, open mic nights are a great way to celebrate poetry all year long.
Here are some tips to help you out if you are just getting started:
-DO keep it short.
-DO try to eliminate filler from your speech, such as "um, uh, well" and do speak clearly into the microphone.
-DO look at the audience when you can. Eye contact will always energize a performance.
-DO relax and have a good time!
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World Artist Network
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