The Boston Poetry Slam holds a queer open mic and reading called Moonlighting once per month on Thursdays at Article 24. The Moonlighting series encourages LGBTA+ poets and writers to embrace their differences with confidence and to create for their own pleasure and the pleasure of their community without fear. While the reading is open to all, its focus is on poets of the LGBTA+ community, both from the greater Boston area and beyond.
Moonlighting takes its name from a quote by Allen Ginsberg: Concentrate on what you want to say to yourself and your friends. Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness. You say what you want to say when you don’t care who’s listening.
The relaunch of the show in November 2016 will be under curator Austin Hendricks. Moonlighting was originally founded in 2013 by Sean Patrick Mulroy and Emily Carroll, running for two years at Fazenda Coffee Roasters before going on hiatus.
The open mic begins at 8:00 p.m. and a queer headliner follows, finishing at approximately 10:00 p.m. All genres of poetry and prose are welcome on the open mic, but readers are asked to take no more than 5 minutes of time on the mic; the headliner’s set is about 20-30 minutes.
The cover charge for the show is a suggested donation of $3 and audience of all ages is welcome to attend. No tickets are sold in advance. No outside food or drink is allowed: please support the venue by purchasing drinks or food. The wheelchair-accessible entrance to Article 24 is located in the rear of the building.