What is New Poetry Mission? The way I see it, it's real poetry, right now. I think one reason I'm so excited about this reading is that it has nothing to do with anything I'm stressing about right now, as far as moving my career forward. It's not about getting published or getting into grad school. It's not about a proper way of writing or reading poetry. These are folks who are defining success on their own terms, and through their own words they're some of the most accomplished people I know.
Fun details: It's an open mic (get there early to sign up). Every other show is new stuff only, but this one's a theme night, and the theme is water... in any form or interpretation. It's hosted by the ever-fabulous Sam Sax, Nic Alea and Andrew Paul Nelson. It's at Viracocha in San Francisco, on Valencia at 21st. There is a really fun microphone that makes me feel like a lady who sings the blues and a bathroom in which it's quite possible to lose yourself. There's beer, there's wine, there's water, there's always a fun and supportive crowd with great energy. The show starts at 7 pm. Check out more details, and also observe how my bio gets more ridiculous over time, on Facebook here.
Please come if you can. That means you, lonely lurker, who reads about these events and feels intrigued but also feels like there will be no place for you. Believe me, there will be a place for you. And you, fearful writer, who earns the title as you scribble in your notebook each night but still hesitate to call yourself a real writer. You've earned it. Now there's nothing like the thrill of sharing it with others. And also you, yes you, who prefers to read poetry from the comfort of your own home rather than seeing it performed. Here's your chance to step into danger, the good kind, because watching some of these poets read live is like nothing you've ever witnessed. Hope to see you there.