Spoken Word Open Mic kicks off third season

Contributed To The Press • Updated Jan 11, 2018 at 8:44 AM

Storyteller and producer David Joe Miller begins the 2018 season with his ever popular Spoken Word Open Mic at McKinney Arts Center, 103 Franklin Ave. (corner of East Main Street and Franklin) on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. Sign up begins at 6:30.

This marks the beginning of the third season of this series, which began in Asheville, North Carolina.

Unlike story or poetry slams, spoken word open mic events are not competitive and typically do not have a theme. Much like musical open mic events, the participants’ names are either drawn randomly or they are able to sign up upon arrival.

Stage time is limited to 10 minutes and participants are gently reminded of the time ending by the sound of a bell. If they continue past the 10 minute mark the bell gets louder and the ringing more intense until the storyteller or poet stops. Keeping the stage time limited allows for more people to have a chance to share their spoken word.

Anyone wishing to share a story or poetry is asked to arrive early and sign up. All spoken word artists and enthusiasts are invited to participate in creating an enthusiastic and inviting audience for those who choose to tell stories or recite poetry.

January's hosts are storytellers Lori Olmstead of Jonesborough and Lee Lindsey of East Tennessee State University. This is a wonderful opportunity for storytellers and poets to try out new material or showcase their current work in front of a live audience.

This show is best suited for those age 16 or older.

For more information, visit davidjoemiller.com or email davidjoetells@yahoo.com


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