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Fall Open Mic Night at the MSU Writing Center   Leave a comment

Microphones

The Mics are OPEN!!!!!

 

Last night I attended my first open mic reading with my husband since we moved to Michigan in September. It took place at the MSU Writing Center in Bessey Hall, on the Michigan State University campus.

 

We had been invited to attend by members of our writers’ workshop at the East Lansing Library. The group is also sponsored by the MSU Writing Center, and meets every other Thursday. We were happy to see that, as with the writers’ workshop, we weren’t the oldest people in the room at the Open Mic. The performers included several poets, some musicians, and a story teller or two. There was free pizza and drinks for everyone, and each person that got up to read received a t shirt. There was also a raffle drawing throughout the night. I won a 25 dollar gift card to Schuler Books in Okemos, which was a pleasant surprise.

 

The students were very open and welcoming to two old timers like us. There was a poet who went by the name Logic, about our age, who seemed to be a regular in local writing circles, who had a rapid fire delivery and had everyone laughing and shaking their heads at the way he would spin truth into poetry.

 

Overall, it was a good night out, and the perfect way to start November, fresh and inspired and ready to take on that novel I’ve been attempting to write for a year and a half. It’s been sitting dormant for about six months, so it’s time to get writing again!

 

How are you participating in NaNoWriMo this year? Any great open mics or writers’ workshops in your area? I’d love to hear about them!

 

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Book Launch Announced, and Melons and Memory gets a cover!!!!   1 comment

Come one, come all. You know you want to:

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The launch of my first full length book, Melons and Memory, has been set for November 27th at the Hygienic Art Gallery in New London CT. This means a great deal to me, as the Hygienic was one of the first places I ever read my work. We also have a cover! A beautiful photograph of my daughter Estella, before she had hair, enjoying her first watermelon. I’m especially proud of this shot, as I’m holding the child and the watermelon, as well as taking the picture, all at the same time.

The book will be available from the publisher’s website, www.littleredtree.com, and Amazon.com, as both a paperback and ebook. Just in time for Christmas!!

Melons and Memory, poetry book

Cover of the poetry book, Melons and Memory, by Helen R. Peterson