Out & About

Weekend events to celebrate the written — and spoken — word

As a poet dedicated to expressing myself and providing a platform for others to do the same, I am super excited about this weekend’s events.

Lost Keys was founded in 2015 by Danielle Grisamore. The mission of Lost Keys is to promote Macon’s literary scene to the community.

This year marks the second annual Lost Keys Literary Festival. Throughout the year, representatives from Lost Keys attend productions created by Poetic Peace Arts, Point Blank, the Storytellers and many others.

These organizations collaborate with Lost Keys without hesitation when it comes to supporting their mission.

All of the happenings kick off Friday with the Lost Keys Literary Festival Open Mic from 6-9 p.m. hosted by yours truly and featuring spoken word artists Ryan J. Alexander and Tamar Thomas. We also will have the pleasure of a performance from the Chameleon Village Theatre Company.

All kinds of lyrical artists are welcome to sign up for the open mic, which will take place at the Ampersand Arts Guild Hall at 503 Fifth St. in downtown Macon.

On Saturday, the Lost Keys Literary Festival has a lineup of panels, performances and workshops scheduled from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at Ampersand Arts and the Cannonball House, 856 Mulberry St.

All attendees will be transported to and from these two venues by way of a trolley provided by Lost Keys.

Sharing information and our artistic expressions will be a number of the most distinguished artists, poets, playwrights and published authors, including Charmaine Brackett, Beauty Bragg, Alice Friman, John Charles Griffin, Carrie Howland, Sara Hughes, Scott Hughes, Josy Jones, Winsphere Jones, Lauren Morrill, Vinson Muhammad, Peter Selgin, Anya Silver, Lindsey Tigue, Heatherly Wakefield, Louise Warren, me and many others. For more details on Lost Keys Literary Festival’s schedule, go to lostkeysfest.com.

Lastly, Poetic Peace Arts will close out the weekend with our monthly open mic set of Poetry & Pastries hosted by myself with the featured artist Poet Mo at Recess Bar & Lounge, 469 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from 6-10 p.m. Saturday.

This month’s open mic theme and discussion is “The State of America 2016.” Many times, we come up with a theme relative to current events to help provoke the poetic peace and thoughts of the artists and the audience.

Poetry & Pastries takes place the second Saturday of each month. Go to the Poetic Peace Arts Facebook page for upcoming events.

Yolanda “Y-O” Latimore is founder of Poetic Peace Arts and director of Like Water Publicity, a media and booking agency, and a member of the Macon Arts Alliance board. Contact her at ylatimore@gmail.com.