Alice Osborn

Write from the Inside Out

Ten Tips for a Terrific Poetry Reading

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012

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 the spit you sprayed on the front row.   Prior to your reading, think...

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Writers: How Not to Bomb

Posted by on Jul 17, 2011

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 twice. I’d like to share a few tips with you on how not to bomb, or at least...

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How to Host a Kick-Ass Book Launch

Posted by on Feb 28, 2011

How to Host a Kick-Ass Book Launch

A month ago on January 28th I celebrated my book launch for Unfinished Projects, my book of poems from Main Street Rag Publishing Company. I celebrated with 45+ people, many of whom weren’t poets, but came out at the end of a long work week in the dead of winter to hear me read my poems and sit next to others who enjoy the written word. I also sold books to over half of the crowd. So how did I...

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Last Minute Gift Idea: Alice’s Unfinished Projects

Posted by on Dec 24, 2010

Last Minute Gift Idea: Alice’s Unfinished Projects

As you know my new poetry book Unfinished Projects, published by Main Street Rag is now available! You can buy it through me personally or via my website, Main Street Rag’s website or at these three Triangle-area bookstores: Storyteller’s Bookstore in Wake Forest, Northgate Books at Northgate Mall in Durham or Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. If you get it through me you will receive a...

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Ten Benefits of an Open Mic

Posted by on Jun 8, 2010

Ten Benefits of an Open Mic

I’ve been a regular open mic reader for over six years and an open mic instigator, known properly as a host, for eighteen months. Organizing open mics takes a lot of work: setting up the venue, marketing the event, organizing the reading schedule, testing the mic, making sure folks don’t go over their time and more. Sometimes I’d just rather be an audience member and relax, but once you get good...

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