We can confirm it: last week’s workshop leader and feature, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, is the classiest class act who ever acted classy, hands down. After a difficult week in Boston, we were ready to laugh, grieve, and take poetry as seriously as possible this past Wednesday; our open mic community showed a lot of sensitivity and support as we struggled to write and listen about the events rocking our city. After the break, we were so fortunate to have Cristin, the founder of NYC-Urbana and author of Hot Teen Slut, in town for a chance to listen our cares away. We took a break from slamming last week to just have a chance to be together, and were thankful once again for the strength of our local and national poetry community.
Next week: deft and talented writer Marty McConnell offers an early-bird writing workshop (doors at 5:30 for a 6:00 start), the last of our National Poetry Month special events. She’ll then also perform as our featured poet for the evening. The night will close with a speed version of our famed Champion of Champions slam, wherein Zanne Langlois will defend her title against the last eight slam winners. Whoa!