Often, poets read the pieces that are more popular or get the most attention and feedback. In those cases, poets feel that they are somehow expected to please their “audience” by recycling those poems every week. I am no stranger to this phenomenon. I can also admit that there are some folks that don’t even come hang out in the venue because they refuse to pay to hear the same poets read the same poems.
So, what did we do about it? We bit off of the Columbus, Ohio series Writer’s Block (thank goodness President Scott Woods and I love each other). They run an event called first draft open mic. We’ll be running once each month The Raw Uncut, First Edit Open Mic.
Bring new or “new to us” pieces tonight. Keep those popular pieces at home. Don’t get mic pulled, Playa.
Hope you can make it out! Here’s the official event info:
I am really looking forward to this week’s open mic! Once a month, on a Feature Free week, I’d like to turn our open-mic into a space where first poems can be read. I’m sending a shout out to our Writer’s Block family in Columbus, Ohio for starting the First Draft Open Mic. They told us if we changed the name, we could enact the same event in Detroit.
Our event will be called “The Raw Uncut, First Edit Open Mic”!… Bring your first drafts and/or poems you’ve NEVER read to an audience before on the Cliff Bells stage. If we’ve heard your poem before, your mic will be cut.
No restrictions on topics, it just has to be new to us. Bring 2-3 pieces to share! This event encourages writing/reading newer work. Come hang!
The ByteThis Poetry & Slam Series
Comedy, Monologues, Poetry Readings, Performances, Music, Slams and Activism
La Shaun phoenix Moore
with sounds by:
DJ G-Smoove & Northend Productions
2030 Park Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
Mondays: Doors @8:30 PM, Show @ 9:30 PM
Cover: $5 + 1 Drink Minimum
***Featured Performers Are By Invitation Only ***
8/9 – Feature Free
8/16 – Honeycomb
8/23 – WOWps Finalists Laura Yes Yes & Sonya Renee
8/30 – Taalam Acey
Directions from the Wayne State Area:
Go South on Woodward (towards downtown) to Elizabeth W. (near the Fillmore/State Bar), make a right. Take to Park (first street) make a left and park your car!!
ByteThis Poetry Series is an Official Poetry Slam, Incorporated Venue.