Hosting an open mic is not as easy as it may look. There is a lot that goes into putting a poetry mic together behind the scenes even before the poets start filling the room. Organizing the venue, lining up features, promoting the event, setting the stage, inviting all of your “friends” on Facebook, printing out and distributing flyers (remember those?), pronouncing poets names correctly, and the list goes on. The good folks down at the Arts Society of Kingston are saying thank you to the area hosts by having a special reading featuring 9 upstate New York poetry and spoken word hosts and organizers.
Here is the information from on of the featured poets / hosts, Teresa Costa:
ASK Hosts the Hosts
A Reading by the Hosts Of Poetry Series Throughout the Hudson Valley on Sunday, February 12, 6:00 p.m. (snow date: February 19)
The challenging work of hosting poetry readings has been the long-time endeavor of those who will come together to read their own work, including:
Teresa Costa (Second Thursdays, Bohemian Book Bin, Lake Katrine), Mike Jurkovic (Calling All Poets, Howland Cultural Center, Beacon), Judith Lechner (Writers’ Night at Cafe Mezzaluna, Saugerties), Phillip Levine (Chronogram Open Word, Beahive, Kingston), Robert Milby (Mudd Puddle, New Paltz), Michael Platsky (Monday Night Readings, Harmony Cafe, Woodstock), Cheryl Rice (Kingston), Micky Shorr (Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, Second Saturdays), Dan Wilcox (Third Thursday Poetry Night, Social Justice Center, Albany), and Chris Wood (Heyday Poetry Series, Half-Moon Books, Kingston)
The public is invited. A suggested donation of $10 will support the work of the Arts Society of Kingston.
Arts Society of Kingston, 97 Broadway, Kingston, 845-338-0331 www.askforarts.org