Wide Open Mic

Free and Open to the Public

*NOTE – Due to COVID-19, this program has been temporarily postponed and will be rescheduled.

Whether you have a polished piece or a rough work-in-progress, come and share your writing with a supportive community of writers. We begin with a featured reader and then open the mic to all. 7 pm First Wednesdays. Hosted by Rick Petrie & Bill Pruitt

Coming Up:

February 5: Rich Forster
March 4: Jennifer Maloney
April 1: Paula Marchese
May 6: Doug Curry

February 5 featured reader: Rich Forster

Rich Forster has lived in the Rochester area and started writing just over 30 years ago, exclusively poetry for much of that time. As an alumni of The Taos (New Mexico) Poetry Circus’s Poetics and Performance Camps, this led to opportunities as a group facilitator, conference panelist, and featured reader.

Having spent years seriously dedicated to the craft, he’s finally come across a Rumi quote summarizing his goal… “Let yourself become living poetry,” and, in his own words, “A walking poem” who writes less but writes better (in his opinion). He found early on that the process of writing itself was his learning style. Born and raised as a latch-key kid and by the elements of an island in Alaska, he’s considered Alaskan Native from his mother’s side, and German from his father’s, both who he feels lucky to have been led by.

March 4 featured reader: Jennifer Maloney

Jennifer Maloney has lived in Rochester since 1985. She writes from a place of addiction and recovery; bone-deep knowledge of poverty; the wilds of mental illness; and with gratitude for the love she has received and given. Her work has been published in several anthologies and online literary journals, including Aaduna.org, Memoryhouse Magazine, The Pangolin Review, the Poets Speak…While We Still Can, Missing Persons: Reflections on Alzheimer’s Disease, and ImageOutWrite. Jennifer is the founder and curator of the Just Poets Presents! reading series at Nox.

April 1 featured reader: Anthony Aceyon Owens

Poet, Actor, Director, Writer. Awarded 2020 Best Male Actor Roc Awards. Kennedy award recipient for August Wilson’s “Fences” directed by Luane Davis Haggerty RIT/NTID
Recently seen in Clarissa Street Chronicles Written by Karen Culley and directed by Reuban Tapp. He has also appeared in the Black friars theater adaptation of Detroit 67 Directed by Jay Simmons. Aceyon is currently working on The “First Lady” Play directed by Deanna McEwen. On March 21- April 5th he will appear in the Jewish Community Center adaptation of “Sweat” By Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage.

May 6 featured reader: Doug Curry

Doug Curry was born and raised in Harlem, NY, where his love for music was nurtured. He came to Rochester via Pittsburgh as a graduate student at the University of Rochester. The recipient of WXXI’s Gold Microphone in 2016, he has hosted blues radio shows since 1975 and the “Blacks and Blues” show on WRUR-FM since 1982. Doug also participates in poetry readings, theater productions and has written for About … Time Magazine.