Poetry Open Mic Night

Join us for a fun evening of open mic poetry! We invite you to bring your own works and perform them in front of a supportive crowd. There's no better place to find your voice and share it with the world! 

The sign-up list opens at 6:30 pm in the upstairs cafe and the mic opens at 7:00pm.

  • Seating is first come, first served! 
  • Each open mic slot gets you about three minutes of stage time.
  • No need to memorize your work - just be comfortable and have fun!
  • If you read someone else’s work, give credit where due. 
  • Above all, show kindness to all. No hate speech, slurs, or sexually explicit language. 

Featured Poets: Cheryl Clark Vermeulen and Enzo Silon Surin

Cheryl Clark Vermeulen is poet, editor, translator, and educator. She is the author of  They Can Take It Out (The Word Works, 2022) and the chapbooks This Paper Lantern (Dancing Girl Press) and Dead Eye Spring (Cy Gist Press). Her poems and translations appear in journals The Mantis, Gigantic Sequins, Bombay Gin, American Poetry Journal, Heavy Feather Review, Drunken Boat, Caketrain, Jubilat, Sixth Finch, Third Coast, among others, and the anthology Connecting Lines: New Poetry from Mexico. She received an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is Poetry Editor at Pangyrus and Visiting Associate Professor in Humanities at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Originally from Illinois, she lives in Boston, MA. On Twitter @apoeminthere & on Instagram @cherwords.

Enzo Silon Surin is a Haitian-born award-winning poet, author, educator, speaker, publisher and social advocate. He has taught, performed, and lectured at schools, universities, festivals and various other venues and has served as a keynote speaker on topics such as social justice, the immigrant experience, racial disparities in America, mental health and education reform. He has been recognized for his artistry and literary citizenship and has dedicated his life and career to affecting social change through creative and critical writing.

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Event date: 
Sunday, October 1, 2023 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
338 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115
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