East Meets Words Featuring Athena Chu
/// Event Details ///
934 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
$5-$20 sliding scale suggested donation
No one is turned away at the door
(except due to lack of capacity)
/// SCHEDULE ///
7:00PM | Doors Open
7:30PM | Curated Open Mic Starts
- Community Annoucements
- Continue Open Mic
- Community Cypher
9:30PM | Feature
10:00PM | "Words With Words" (Community Q&A)
/// About the Feature ///
Athena Chu is a queer first-generation Chinese-American artist from Boston, Massachusetts. She began writing in stolen notebooks from her grandmother’s nightstand when she was seven years old. Taught in high schools and universities around the country, her work has been recognized by the National YoungArts Foundation, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival, and Louder than a Bomb. One of six inaugural members of the Youth Spoken Word Leaders team, she created the first ever open mic and workshop series in the Greater Boston area exclusively for young poets and musicians. A high school senior, Athena also composes music, paints, and makes films. If she could have one superpower, it would be the ability to learn a new language everyday.
/// About East Meets Words ///
In March 2005, EMW Bookstore held its first monthly open mic. Now, over 156 open mics later, East Meets Words is one of the longest running Asian American open mic series in the country, and one of the main hubs of Asian American art and activism on the east coast.
At this curated open mic, participants can sign up to sing, spit, dance, play music, or share a story. Everyone is welcome. The space is especially appreciative of work that challenges stereotypes and amplifies marginalized voices. Participants does not need to be of Asian or Pacific Islander decent to perform, but our space will prioritize those voices. Time is set aside at each open mic for community announcements, meant to raise awareness about social justice issues in the greater Boston area.
Each month, we also feature an Asian / Pacific Islander artist or group, who will perform a full-length set after the open mic portion of the evening. Past features have ranged from nationally known artists such as Beau Sia and Kelly Tsai to local creatives like you and me.
We strive to create a safer space and a platform for artists and non-artists to perform work of all stages. Everyone is welcome to attend and sign up on the open mic. The space is especially appreciative of work that challenges stereotypes and amplifies marginalized voices - prioritizing API performers. Time is set aside at each open mic for community announcements, meant to raise awareness about social justice issues in the greater Boston area.
/// LOCATION & PARKING ///
934 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
Red line: Take the T to Central and walk towards Harvard Square on Mass Ave, or take the 1 bus down the street.
Free street parking is available but typically difficult to find after 6PM on Fridays. Visitors can pay for parking in Central Square (https://www.cambridgema.gov/traffic/Parking/cityparkingfacilities/cityparkinggarages.aspx), or take the T. EMW Bookstore is right between two chair accessible stops, Harvard Square and Central Square on the Red Line.
/// ACCESSIBILITY ///
Gallery space is wheelchair accessible. We will prioritize chair access in the aisles. Please find or contact an EMW Staff member for assistance with entry through front door. Unfortunately, our space is split-level throughout the building. The bathroom is located on the other side of the building and is not wheelchair accessible.
Priority seating on folding chairs and benches is available -- please contact us if you'd like to come early to claim a seat or reserve a seat.
One single-stall, gender-neutral restroom is available on the main floor with three steps up and down from the main entrance.
Please come fragrance free! For the health and safety of organizers, features, and other attendees, we ask you not to wear scented products or clothing that has recently been smoked in. For more information: http://www.peggymunson.com/mcs/fragrancefree.html
Wellness Squad members will be present at the event to facilitate emotional and community safety.
/// CONTACT ///
Please email email@example.com or call the bookstore at 857-600-1244 if you have any further questions, concerns, or accessibility details that haven’t already been addressed.
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Would like to donate to our organization? Make a contribution at www.emwbookstore.com/donate
EMW Community Space, fondly known as EMW Bookstore, is a community-oriented space and resource for peoples from marginalized identities to pursue our creative visions.