Hip-Heart: an Open-Mic Event for Young Writers

14 Nov

WHO: Tacoma Poet Laureate Josie Turner and local writers
WHAT: An open-mic jam session for high school and college-age writers
WHERE: King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave. in Tacoma
WHEN: Nov. 27 at 2pm
ADMISSION: FREE and open to the public

“Young people have such fresh ideas and so very few public venues in which to share their work. I am hosting this [open-mic reading] for the community to hear and support the work of young writers,” says noted poet Josie Emmons Turner of Hip-Heart, an upcoming literary event at King’s Books. Aspiring scribes are invited to read their poetry or prose at King’s on Nov. 27 at 2pm. Hip-Heart was conceived as a part of Art at Work Month, celebrating the arts in Tacoma.

While originally the event was intended to be just for young poets, Turner has opened the reading up to prose writers who would like to read a shorter-length work, or excerpt from a full-length manuscript. Writers may select their own topics, the sole guideline being that it is representative of their best writing.

Participants may sign up for the 90-minute, open-mic jam session beginning at 1:30pm. Slots are limited, so sign up early! This event is free and open to the public. Josie Emmons Turner is the 2011 -2013 Tacoma Poet Laureate. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University, and teaches literature and writing at Clover Park High School.

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