Au­di­tory an­tholo­gies

Santa Fe Trails’ po­etry open-mic night at Teatro Paraguas Stu­dio and Nickel Sto­ries, a prose-only open-mic event, at Op.Cit. Books.

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Writ­ers usu­ally com­pose their words in soli­tude, but writ­ing is meant to be read — or heard — by oth­ers, so open-mic events make for a great way to test out new work and get a re­ac­tion. Open mics, how­ever, can be a chaotic mixed bag for se­ri­ous artists and those who are new to read­ing in public, since they are of­ten held in cafés where lat­tes are steamed in the back­ground, and po­etry, prose, mu­sic, and some­times stand-up com­edy are all di­rected at the same au­di­ence. There are two re­cur­ring open-mic nights in Santa Fe that pri­or­i­tize the com­fort of writ­ers and the at­ten­tion spans of the crowd: El­iz­a­beth and James Raby of Santa Fe Po­etry Trails host a po­etry open mic at Teatro Paraguas Stu­dio (3205 Calle Marie) the first Mon­day of ev­ery month. A prose open mic, called Nickel Sto­ries, is held at Op.Cit. Books (500 Mon­tezuma Ave.) on the sec­ond Thurs­day of each month, em­ceed by Ken McPher­son and Meg Tuite. Santa Fe Po­etry Trails started its event in 2004 at the Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts; it was then held in cafés for many years be­fore mov­ing to Teatro Paraguas in 2014. Nickel Sto­ries is an off­shoot of Dime Sto­ries, an Al­bu­querque open-mic event that was adapted and in­tro­duced in Santa Fe a few years ago be­cause or­ga­niz­ers wanted to of­fer a prose-only venue in a literary scene known pri­mar­ily for po­etry. The next Santa Fe Po­etry Trails open mic is Mon­day, July 6, and Nickel Sto­ries is Thurs­day, July 9. Both be­gin with a first-come, first-served sign-up at 6 p.m. Each at­tracts an av­er­age of about 20 read­ers. At Teatro Paraguas, par­tic­i­pants can read how­ever many po­ems they can fit into three min­utes; at Op.Cit., read­ers have a five-minute time limit. For in­for­ma­tion on Santa Fe Po­etry Trails, call 505-424-1601. Call 505-428-0321 for in­for­ma­tion on Nickel Sto­ries. — Jen­nifer Levin

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