Unmute Your Mic

Unmute Your Mic was a 2021 virtual event series that adapted the traditional open mic night and writers' salon formats for life during the pandemic.

Each Unmute Your Mic event featured a different mode of writing & performance. Participants signed up in advance to share works-in-progress and receive written feedback from a professional author working in their genre.

Unmute Your Mic events were free, and all were welcome to attend or to perform.

Poetry & Spoken Word

(Friday, February 12, 8:00pm to 9:30pm)

with feedback provided by Halifax Poet Laureate Sue Goyette

Fiction & Storytelling

(Friday, March 19, 8:00pm to 9:30pm)

with feedback provided by novelist Donna Morrissey

Nonfiction & Storytelling

(Friday, April 9, 8:00pm to 9:30pm)

with feedback provided by journalist Stephen Kimber

Ten participants, joining from across Nova Scotia and other provinces, read or performed during each event. All three Unmute Your Mic events were hosted by Abena Beloved Green.

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).

Photo by Patrick Shannon
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