So it turns out that if every person who said they’d been inspired by Nora Meiners wrote a poem about it, we’d have a two-hour open mic every Wednesday… Yeah, that’s right: Wednesday’s open was a glorious layering of connections missed and made, stories from the newspaper’s back pages, and a pretty sweet love-fest all about our feature. Turns out it just set her up for success: Nora performed and read a broad selection of new and old from her two! new! chapbooks, making it totally clear why this longtime regular and very strong slammer has such a strong local following. The slam was also pretty sweet, coming down to one-time Hampshire College rep Emily O’Neill vs. rising Emerson College performer Sierra Lister. Sierra took home the win and the $10, earning a spot in our upcoming Champion of Champions in January.
Next week: we’re excited to welcome Denver powerhouse Suzi Q. Smith to the mic! Suzi loves cold Denver winters, heavy metal, and winning national championships– so we know you’ll love her, too. We’ll finish up the night with another open poetry slam in the 8×8 series.