I was the host of the open mic at the Arts Center in Troy solo this month, with an interesting backdrop the set of a play being presented in the the theater.
It was the classic nobody-signs-up-first at the open mic, so I took that spot, read "One Day Longer," a poem that I had just missed reading last month, & the even newer "Cape Storm." Ed Rinaldi did a couple of mini flash fiction pieces, then a longer piece about being at the store during "Autumnal Thunder Storm." Trina Porte began with a woman's perspective on soccer & kickball, "Alive & Kicking," then to "Night of the Living Unedited," & finished with a version of the Pledge of Allegiance for frogs & wetlands. Howard Kogan's "The Portal" is a brand-new poem pondering the cosmic potential of the date 11/11/11, then read about "The Now," & ended with a poem, "Paradise," from his recent collection of poems, Indian Summer (Square Circle Press, 2011).
In contrast, Heather Haskins tale, "This Woman" (from a longer memoir), was grounded in the very real horrors of domestic violence seen at close hand.
Sam Perkins' sad poem "We Don't Dance Anymore" included a section in which he sang.
This is an open mic for poets & for prose writers held on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 2PM at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River St., Troy, NY -- free.