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His Lady Tuesday makes her own open mic

As an open mic tourist, I've been to a fair number of events that are all about bringing local poets and musicians out to share what we spend so much time writing. I've seen it done all kinds of ways. Seen how a strong host creates energy and smooths over  awkward moments. How the guy working the mix board  makes the players sound better. How the layout of the venue—coffee shop, bar, library, whatever—can work for you or against you. Recently, I drew on all this "have poem, will travel" … [read more...]