On Wednesday, February 25th, I attended the first Open Mike Night at Laughing Sky Books in Salisbury, NC. Less than an hour drive from Charlotte, Salisbury is a charming small town where you will find people stopping to watch trains or strolling down the picturesque downtown where there is even, at least one, brick lined road.
From Charlotte, all you have to do is take exit 76 off I-85N and turn left. From easy parking on Innes, you can take your own tour of Salisbury, which must include Laughing Sky Books at 123 E Innes Street.
Jenni K Russell took over the store in October of 2008 and named it Laughing Sky Books after a poem titled “Le Monocle de Mon Oncle.” by Wallace Stevens. While the staple of Laughing Sky is its terrific selection of used books, you can also pick up a coffee or some tea and take a break at one of the tables she has set up inside.
At the inaugural Open Mike, we spent two hours together chatting about books, writing and had the opportunity to hear four poets and one fiction writer read from their work. Laughing Sky also has their Open Mike open to writers of all genres as well as acoustic musicians. Included in this mix reading on Wednesday was myself, the store owner (who is a published writer) and Helen Losse, the poetry editor of the online literary magazine The Dead Mule.
Jenni plans to hold other Open Mike nights so stop to obtain more information and to pick up a few books, a coffee and a chat. I look forward to spending more time at Laughing Sky.
I made a video to help support Small Press Month. Please feel free to share the video and, of course, find a small press to support! Sorry I couldn’t get EVERYONE in to the video!!!
I’m not embedding it, and I don’t encourage embedding the video because I have links to all the people mentioned in the video in the sidebar!
My newest article is up on Examiner.com. Please click through, share it, digg it, etc etc. Is it terrible to say I get paid by the click But I’m having fun, either way, writing these short articles.
Open Mic tonight in Salisbury at Laughing Sky Books. 6pm. Stop by to read or listen. Or bring books to sell. Great store!
Issue 20 is a short fiction piece by Jay Boyer. Stop by and take a lot. Or better yet, several looks then share it with other people
I posted a new article this morning on Examiner.com. The article is about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and how much do we think an “adapted” screenplay should actually relate to the original story. I hope you enjoy it and that if you do you’ll forward it on to others or digg it, stumble up it, facebook it, reddit etc. Whew. Networking your work for more hits is time consuming!
I’m not really sure how I can possibly sum up AWP. I posted a few things about the trip and I think more will follow as I get through my notes and digest the whole event.
I have put together a video of my time in Chicago. It is a little like cut and paste craziness but it’ll give you a little view. So glad I met who I did at the event!
Oh, one of the cooler things that happened was when I ran into the Editor of The Northville Review where one of my poems just recently appeared and she recognized my name on my nametag, I felt momentarily famous! We had a great time sitting together in the panel on Online Journals.
Stop by and check it out if you get a chance link.
I’ll have another post in a few moments with my recap of AWP