This month marks the 10-year anniversary of Poetic Peace Arts sponsored events. This small grass-roots organization is well-known for producing open mic sessions. These sessions can take place anywhere from a club, coffee spot, park, recreation center or a schoolhouse.
Many times, the open mic sessions engage the community by allowing people to discuss topics they would not normally feel comfortable talking about in a regular conversation. On the other hand, the open mic sets help people in attendance to have a healthy dialogue and to sometimes create solutions for issues that plague our community.
During the years, I have been a witness to many rising stars who have come to Poetic Peace Arts open mic sessions. As artists, we network and create a support system that allows us to build up the overall Middle Georgia poetry scene.
Many up-and-coming artists are selected as headline acts. This opportunity gives them the chance to improve and fine-tune their performances. The Poetic Peace Arts spoken word movement reflects different points of view from diverse citizens. The sessions can be very therapeutic for spectators and artists.
Celebrations for the 10-year anniversary include:
I have the pleasure of introducing Anya Silver, the dynamic poet and author of The Ninety-Third Name of God, at 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Pauls Episcopal Church, 753 College St.
A set at 8 p.m. Aug. 31 at JDs Drama and Dinner Theater, 550 Riverside Drive, featuring M.A. and the Rhythm and Rhyme spoken word group out of South Carolina.
A grand open mic session from 6-10 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Tubman African American Museum, 340 Walnut St., featuring Catherine Zickgraf along with a discussion about the life of John Oliver Killens.
I hope to see you at these events.
Yolanda Y-O Latimore is founder of Poetic Peace Arts, Macons representative on the Knight National Arts Advisory Board and director of Like Water Publicity, a media and booking agency. Contact her at email@example.com.