Saturday, January 08, 2011

From Josie Mixon

From Josie Mixon:

Happy New Year My Fellow Poets and Supporters of Poetry!!!!!

It's time to start picking up all those scratch pieces of paper where you wrote all those poems and pieces of poems and transfer them over to your journal or get all fancy and type them up in all your spare time. I expect there might be a few "family related" poems. It's amazing what we can come up with in a moment of passion.

This year I am hoping to coordinate our open mic with the Barnes & Noble Calendar of events so we can try and keep within the same theme. It is not mandatory but it is inspirational. January 24-28 is No Name Calling Week. Although we are not meeting in January I am inviting participants to read prose or poetry during our first open mic venue (February 2nd.) related to this subject. We have all been a part of this whether it was as a victim or a bully or maybe saw it happening and this will give us the opportunity to join Barnes & Noble in their effort to bring attention to this matter. If you are in a school environment please share this information with teachers, students, counselors etc....Also please visit for more information.

February is Black History Month and of course we celebrate Valentine's Day. So we have several subjects to inspire our thoughts. Join us February 2nd at 6:00pm for a fabulous poetry workshop with Jim Brandenburg, followed by open mic with Josie Mixon (me). Our featured guest(s) will present at 8:00pm.

I look forward to seeing each and everyone one of you and I am excited to join Jim Brandenburg in hosting this event. Our thanks to Barnes & Nobel Staff for always supporting poetry by providing us with space, chairs and especially their wonderful hospitality and always making our poetry family feel welcome.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
I will send you updates as they become available. Please forward this email and invite family and friends and if you don't send it to ten people all your relatives are coming over and staying with you for months at a time. Just kidding, I know some of you would welcome it.

Josie Mixon
Jim Brandenburg