March 21st, 2016


AKICOLJ/DW: Tell Me About Open-Mic Poetry Readings

[personal profile] gramina has a birthday coming up. and she has asked me to research open-mic poetry readings as part of my gift for her. She's a good poet and an expressive reader, but she's more comfortable with a more traditional venue, rather than the competitive atmosphere of a poetry slam. Basically, the words are what matter to her, if that makes any sense.

So, here are my questions.
  • What experiences (good, bad, or unclassifiable) have you had at open-mic readings?
  • What should we expect of the sign-up process?
  • Is it first come, first reader, or are the readings structured in a different way?
  • Are there auditions?
  • What else should we know about poetry open-mic nights?
  • If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, can you recommend a relatively sedate open-mic night? We're in the East Bay.
Thanks so much for your help.
This entry was originally posted at Please comment here if you want, or there using OpenID. Or send me a message via carrier pigeon or fortune cookie. I'm dying to hear from you.