SECOND TUESDAY OPEN MICS
Come to read! Come to listen! Every Second Tuesday of the month we host an open mic with a local spotlight feature. Our open mic is free and open to all.
How to read on the open mic
Sign up! The list goes out at 7 PM.
Bring a poem! You can read it on paper, your phone, or have it memorized. It’s all ok!
Make sure your poem is the right poem. We ask you read one poem and that it is under 3 minutes long.
If you have never read at NoHoPoCo before, this poem is your introduction. Ask yourself if this poem puts your best foot forward—if your poem is a “it’s totally fine if we know you” poem (and we all have those poems) maybe don’t read it until we know you!
Be ready to have a productive dialogue. If someone takes the time to call you in, say thanks! Don’t be defensive! They are having a conversation with you because they want you to stick around.
We are so ready to cheer our butts off for you and your poem! Don’t ever ruin it by reading something with hate speech.
How to be a spotlight poet at the NoHoPoCo open mic:
We’ll ask you.
Read poems on the open mic. A lot.
Come to the workshops, particularly the editing workshop.
Be a part of the community! Come to the potlucks. Be known. Help out.
Have 15 minutes of polished poetry ready, including a poem or two we haven’t heard yet!
Be ready to debut new merch to sell, like a chapbook or a broadside.
If you feel ready, let us know!