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Successful Open Mic Poetry Night at the Uphams Corner Branch Library

Do you feel the power of poetry?


Open Mic Night
Apparently, many poets did (and do) as they enlisted with the Uphams Corner Branch library to read their poetry during Open Mic on February 19, 2013.  Many were first-time readers and writers.  Others were accomplished and published poets.  Everyone was local - only as far away as Milton.  The readers ranged in age from very young to twenties, thirties and well into their sixties. 

One young man performed his rap; another poet read several poems from his journal which he keeps close by his side to continue writing whenever he feels moved. 

A very young lady read her newly composed poem that was only four lines long.  There couldn't have been a more precious reader / poet anywhere.


Offering to Publish

Nancy Conrad from Uphams Corner News offered to publish the poetry of any of the readers.  Two poets (and there may be more) have already come forward.   Both of them were published in the Black History section of UC News.


Tonya Jordan-Wilkerson Beautiful Black Women
Brian T Williams
Don't Let it be a Mystery


Opening and Closing On Time

"Does any event ever start on time?"  Thus queried Willie Pleasants, one of the event organizers and the President of the Friends of the Uphams Corner Library, as she made sure the event started exactly at 4pm.  She thanked the many library staff, Friends of the Uphams Corner Library and the audience and poets attending the event.  

"I am so proud to see everybody.  It is so wonderful.  Give yourself a hand." 

Willie explained that her goal in becoming President of the Friends of the Uphams Corner Library was to find ways to support the librarians and the Uphams Corner Library programs.  She wants to make sure that people in the community know about the programs put on by the library and that the events are well attended.  She also said:  "I understand how important it is to keep the library open."

She added that the Friends of the Uphams Corner Library are always interested in new members. 

Click here to send email: Friends of the Uphams Corner Library

Willie quickly turned the mic over to her friend and poet Janet Cormier, who like Willie, has her own TV show.  As Emcee, Janet was entertaining for all and encouraged every reader, thanking them before and after their reading and always finding something positive to say.

Yes, a few readers who had signed up, failed to show up so a couple poets had a chance to read a few more of their compositions until the closing bell (a real bell) at 5:00PM. 

The hosts encouraged everyone to exchange contact information.  "The best support system for poets is always another poet."


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Uphams Corner Library - Poetry Night 2/19/13


Posted: February 23, 2013     Nancy J Conrad


Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Thank you for the write-up our ‘Creative Flow’—Poetry Open Mic night. I think everyone truly enjoyed themselves. And the poets covered all aspects of the human condition, as well as a rich variety in topics.

Elise C. Orringer, Librarian


Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 11:01 PM

THANKQ ONCE AGAIN NANCY 4 UR TIME&WONDERFUL WORDS THAT U HAVE BLESSED ME WITH. I TOTALLY ENJOYED BEING PART OF THE OPEN MIKE PERFORMANCE AND LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING & WORKING WITH U AGAIN.IF U EVER NEED ME FOR ANY REASON. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME.  ALSO HELP ME WITH ANY OPEN MIKE VENUES THAT U MAY HEAR ABOUT AROUND TOWN. THANKU;IN ADVANCE

Brian Williams



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