$5 – $7

Poetry & Prose Open Mic at Secret Loft

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137 W. 14th Street

Buzzer SL, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10011

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A showcase of poets and writers at Secret Loft

Grab a seat in our comfortable loft and enjoy an evening of poetry, live readings, and all manner of spoken word. Present an original or favorite piece, or relax and be inspired by the other readers.

7:30-8: Open mic sign-up
8-10: Open mic and featured readers

Featured readers:
S. Erin Batiste is the author of Glory to All Fleeting Things (forthcoming Summer 2019), recent winner of the Backbone Press Chapbook Contest and finalist of the 2019 Foundlings Press Wallace Chapbook Award. She has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo Journal, Brooklyn Poets, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. She is a reader for The Rumpus and her poems appear in wildness, Cosmonauts Avenue, Paper Darts Magazine, Peach Magazine, and Puerto del Sol among others.

Anooj Bhandari
Anooj wandered around taking long pauses //

In this space is everything you know as home, strains pulled from that feeling you get that makes your shoulders go down and funneled into your body. Your skin becomes thicker and lovelier and lovelier and lovelier and it starts to hug you and you see that all you need is already permeating between your body and the space between you and I. I want to ask you for a dance, I want to tell you to eat the rest of that, I want to sit by you as we whisper secrets, and I want you to imagine us getting to lay down under a warm blanket after a day that was so cold. I also want to punch things, gnaw at them, bleed a little, and tell them that we refuse to forget. And when we are done, I want us to breathe, to become even lovelier than the loveliest, and tell the tale while leaving out all the words.

// until he found himself here, showing up to places claiming to be things and people believed him so he then became those things.

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There will be an open mic sign-up sheet by the concession stand. You can present original work or read something that you love that you want other people to hear. Please keep it under 5 minutes.

If you're a published poet or writer, contact us at secretloftnyc@gmail.com with a link to a sample of your work. We'd love to feature you as a selected reader at a future event!

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