Poets, poetry lovers welcomed to Winters Out Loud’s Open Mic night

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The community is invited to celebrate poetry at Winters Out Loud’s monthly Open Mic gathering on Thursday, Oct. 12, 7-8:30 p.m. at Berryessa Gap Tasting Room, 15 Main Street, Winters. There is no charge to participate or attend.

“Everyone is invited to read or recite original poetry as well as the poetry of your favorite poets,” says coordinator Deborah Shaw Hickerson. “Join Winters Out Loud to express yourself, to get to know local poets or just to listen.”

According to Hickerson, the current Poet Laureate of California, Dana Gioia, in a recent interview, said, “People don’t necessarily like to read poetry, but most people love to hear a good poem well recited. Poetry is the most ancient art. It goes back to a time before writing, when we made art with our human bodies. We danced, we sang, we recited. And poetry survives from that ancient time because it is the most concise, memorable and powerful way we have of using words.”

Presenters have five to ten minutes each to share.

“Bring in a favorite collection that’s been gathering dust on your bookshelf,” says Hickerson. “Poetry wants to be heard!”

For more information, contact Hickerson, dshickerson@yahoo.com.

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