WOW! The talent in our community is overwhelming. Thank you to all who shared your work with us at the Still Life Release Celebration and Open Mic Night Tuesday, January 23rd at Counter Culture. We had over 80 people in attendance, which was absolutely amazing!
The event allowed those published in Still Life to read their pieces and had an open mic night competition. Congratulations to the winners!
1st Place: Hope
Prize: Gary’s Shoe
2nd Place: Amy
Prize: copy of Words You Should Know 2013: The 201 Words from Science, Politics, Technology, and Pop Culture That Will Change Your Life This Year
3rd Place: Floet
Prize: Four disposable eyelash curlers
As you can tell by the prizes, the event had its whimsical elements, courtesy of our host. We would like to extend a massive thank you to Counter Culture, specifically our host and one of the Still Life winners Ben Champagne. Ben has always been a supporter of our Community Writing Centers and writing in general. We asked Ben to share some thoughts on poetry slams. Take a look at what he said:
“Poetry Slams and literary events are lightning rods for creativity. The format gives itself over to the whim of the crowd. Writing is at once, a solitary endeavor and an absolutely universal one. We write with many motives, for ourselves and for an audience. When we get together to share our stuff, we receive validation and inspiration. It takes a lot of guts, to get in front of a crowd and bare your soul. Or to hear crickets at a line you intended to be funny. But when the crowd responds to your punchline, or they lean back in their seat when the metaphor sets in, or you return to your seat and your nerves settle a bit, that is when the magic happens. You get to be in a group of people who get it. That know language is a tool for communication and at the same time, art. Poetry Slams should be happening at every work break, in schools, funerals, and the steps of your local politician. Poetry Slams are the reward for hard work conducted in emotions and whimsy. Literary readings allow us a sense of the deeper meaning to life. We work and toil, but for what? For moments like those.”
If you could not attend but are interested in getting a copy of Still Life, no worries! We'll be making issues of Still Life available throughout the community in the coming weeks, but if you can’t wait, you can pick them up at the following locations:
Again, thank you all for your support, and keep writing!
Emma Kirsch is the Coordinator for both the Saginaw and Bay Community Writing Centers. As Coordinator, she not only develops and facilitates workshops, partners with community members, and distributes promotional materials, but also works alongside tutors both in the community and as a tutor at Saginaw Valley State University’s Writing Center.