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Open Mic Night with BLACK Lawrence

Lawrence Public Library
Event organized by Lawrence Public Library

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April is National Poetry Month, so we're gathering together our local open mic scene for an evening of spoken word performance and communal expression of emotion and joy. We'll kick things off with BLACK Lawrence poets, then invite others to read their work.

Open mics always invite vulnerability and laughter. Expect both tenderness and performers speaking/showing/performing their truths. Meet local artists and ask about their journeys with music, poetry, writing, and more. Networking and fortifying relationships is encouraged.

This event is free, open to the public, and geared toward teens and adults.


Jameelah Jones
Alex Kimball Williams
Mercedes Lucero
Tai Amri Spann-Wilson
Carlos Jose Calderon


Alex Kimball Williams is a local musician, scientist, teacher, activist, and writer working in the areas of race politics and culture. They are a native Lawrencian with multicultural roots. The beauty of people of color, science, nature are frequent topics in their writing.

Mercedes Lucero is the author of Stereometry (Another New Calligraphy 2018) and the chapbook, "In the Garden of Broken Things" (Flutter Press 2016). She is the 2017 winner of the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award for Poetry and her writing can be found in Puerto del Sol, The Pinch, Heavy Feather Review, and Curbside Splendor among others. You can see more of her work at www.mercedeslucero.com.

Tai Amri Spann-Wilson is from South Jersey currently residing in Lawrence, KS. Teaches new (r)evolutionaries, from Philly to Oakland. Graduate of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado. Aspires to participate in a theology in the ancient methodology of poetic prose, that some might refer to as Theopoetics, and utilizes modern training in experimental prosetry.

Carlos Jose Calderon is an Afro-Latino visual artist and musician based in Lawrence, KS. Carlos works through the medium of video synthesis, creating abstract, kaleidoscopic and often surreal imagery through the physical manipulation of video signals with analog video equipment and circuit bending. He explores themes of technology, detached nostalgia and consciousness-exploration.