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5 Holy Secrets of Open Mics

I’ve had the pleasure of leading literary open mics in my writers’ community since 2009. Recently, I’ve joined forces with the Main Street Rag Raleigh Reading Series which hosts a monthly open mic and a featured author at So & So Books in downtown Raleigh.

I’ve learned a lot since the first one I hosted. It […]

By |December 15th, 2014|Performing|4 Comments

Ten Tips for a Terrific Poetry Reading

Next Thursday you’re going to read at your first open mic and you know you don’t want to bomb.


Don’t fear—help’s on the way!


After several years of poetry reading experiences here are ten tips I’ve curated for you so you’ll be remembered for your presence and poetry, not for the mic you knocked down or for […]

By |September 17th, 2012|Speaking|3 Comments

Writers: How Not to Bomb

When you’re nervous before a reading, open mic or a speaking event you’re that way because you don’t want to bomb. You don’t want to be humiliated and asked never to come back.  You also don’t want to let your audience down. Maybe you’ve had a less-than-ideal speaking experience and you’re afraid lightning will strike […]

By |July 17th, 2011|Workshops, Writing|2 Comments

What Should You Wear When You Perform?

If you read your writing out loud in public you need to think of yourself as a performer–even if you’re reading at an open mic with five people. You’re on stage and you need to plan your lines as well as your appearance so you can attract the right energy. 

What should you wear? If you’re […]

By |June 7th, 2011|Creativity|0 Comments