YAKIMA, Wash-- If expressing your creativity is one of your new years resolutions than Allied Arts is the place to be. As it turns out Yakima is full of poets and poetry enthusiasts.
There was standing room only at Allied Arts Wednesday night, as novice readers to regulars took to the podium. Poets spoke of love and childhood to religion.
Allied Arts opens it's doors every third Wednesday of the month for these open mics. Refreshments are served followed by a dose of audience applause. Anyone can attend, you just have to sign up before the show begins to read. Readers range from teens to seniors and you can never be sure what you're going to hear.
"I mean it's different every time. Even if there are repeat readers from the time before really the content changes. I mean there's always somebody that has something funny to say or serious. It's just a good mix," said Lindsey Merrell, Allied Arts.
These open mic nights lead up to the annual juried poetry contest and reading. Entries are due February 25th. Winners will get their poetry published.
Open mic dates:
February 11, 2009 at Allied Arts Center, 5000 W. Lincoln Ave.
March 11, 2009 at North Town Coffeehouse, 28 N 1st. Street