Remember “open mic nights”? When you’d screw up your courage, approach the mic stand, maybe perch uncomfortably on a high stool, and then recite your latest piece of writing? Glancing up from the page, you’d look out at… what’s that? An audience?! Real people looking back at you?
Well, we’re bringing back the feel of that old-timey writers’ salon — with a twist!
Abena Beloved Green will host three Unmute Your Mic events (held through Zoom), inviting you to “unmute your mic” and to share your work-in-progress.
Abena Beloved Green is a poet, writer, and dancer who seeks to create, engage, and elevate through her artistic work. She was a two-time member of the Halifax Slam Team, competing in the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. She is also the 2016 winner of the Atlantic Writing Competition’s Poetry Prize (now Nova Writes’ Rita Joe Poetry Prize) and the 3rd place finalist in the 2017 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (Vancouver, British Columbia). Abena is a Canadian of Ghanaian heritage who lived in Nova Scotia most of her life and recently moved to Eastern Ontario. She is passionate about sustainability, creativity, and connection between living beings. Her first book of poetry is The Way We Hold On (Pottersfield Press, 2018), and her newest release is Ode to the Unpraised (Pottersfield Press, 2020).
The twist? A member of the WFNS Writers’ Council will join each event and offer feedback to the participating writers (by email and after the event).
Poetry & Spoken Word
with feedback provided by Halifax Poet Laureate Sue Goyette
Friday, February 12, 8:00pm to 9:30pm
Fiction & Storytelling
with feedback provided by novelist Donna Morrissey
Date change: Friday, March 19, 8:00pm to 9:30pm
Nonfiction & Storytelling
Friday, April 9, 8:00pm to 9:30pm
Unmute Your Mic events are free, and all are welcome to attend and to perform.
To attend as an audience member:
Pre-register once to attend any or all of the events by clicking the button below.
To attend and perform:
Sign up to share your work by pre-registering to attend (using the button below) AND THEN filling out the form below. If we do not receive your sign-up form, we won’t know you’d like to perform.
Performance slots are limited (10 per event at 5 minutes each) and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you sign up for an event that’s already full, we’ll let you know and add you to the waitlist.