By: Michael Nguyen
Open mic allows students and locals to express themselves
The first poetry open mic will begin on Sept. 21, in SU-104E. Poetry open mic are hosted every third Wednesday evening on each occurring month at Glendale Community College (GCC) from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and is open to the public. Open mike allows anyone to show their passion for reading or singing, through their voices.
“Each evening becomes a collection of voices, and each evening is different based on who participates on any given night,” Professor Kimberly Mathes said. “Open mic offers the chance for new writers to try out reading in public, and it also allows more seasoned writers a regular venue to share their work with the community.”
Mathes is a professor of the English, Creative Writing, Journalism, and Reading Department of GCC.
Special guest poet Shawnte Orion will be featured at this open mic. Orion was the coordinator and manage open mic for the past five years. Orion will be an honorable guest this week.
“He donated his time and his energy. He has now published two books, and he lives on the other side of the valley and has family obligations,” Mathes said. “so this next open mic will feature him and will allow us to say thank you to him for all of his contributions to our community.”
Orion will be carrying on and soon the creative writing department will be hosting the associated open mic for it now. Mathes also mentions that next open mic night in October will have feature readers who were publish in GCC literacy arts magazine, The Traveler. November will participate GCC annual Poetry Slam where winners are able to win money prizes.
Mathes also gives extra credit to her creative writing students who attend open mic or the creative workshops. Jeff Baker is also another teacher who gives extra credit to his creative writing students who attends open mic events or creative workshops. Extra credit is entirely up to the professors.
The next open mic night will be Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in SU104. Come enjoy the voice of open mic night of poetry reading, music, and singing, everyone is welcome to attend.