Open Mic Guidelines

Diane at open mic

• All levels of experience are welcome, both experienced poets and new poets.

• Read your original poetry only.

• Read one poem, under four minutes, even if it means a partial reading of your piece.

• Please limit your introductory remarks.

– Important: Our poets and our audience are not of one mind, philosophically or artistically, so in the interests of one hour of harmony, please avoid strongly political poems at our open mic. Specifically, no partisan poems. Thank you for your respect.

• Colorful language and subjects are fine–gratuitous shock language and subject matter is not.

• Be considerate of others in subject matter and terminology.

• Be respectful toward those listening, both online, in person, and to our recordings.

• Must sign in to read. Spaces are limited.