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Moonlighting: A Queer Open Mic and Reading Series

Moonlighting logo by founding curator Emily Carroll.

Moonlighting logo by founding curator Emily Carroll.

The Boston Poetry Slam holds a monthly queer open mic and reading called Moonlighting. Founded in 2014 by Emily Carroll with Sean Patrick Mulroy, the reading ran at Fazenda Coffee Roasters for three years before retiring. Revived in September 2019 by Myles Taylor and Ilyus Evander, the reading intends to create an intimate and inclusive space for LGBTQIA+ creatives to share their work. While the reading is open to all, its focus is on poets of the LGBTQIA+ 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.

Moonlighting takes place monthly on Sundays at The Democracy Center at 45 Mount Auburn St. in Harvard Square. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the open mic starts at 7:30, followed by at least one featured reader or event. All genres of poetry and prose are welcome on the open mic, but readers are asked to limit their time on the mic to five minutes or less.

The cover charge for the show is a suggested donation of $5 and audiences of all ages are welcome to attend. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

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