Oct 2

First Friday Open Mic - October 2020

Writers, performers and lover of verse are invited to spend time sharing work and experiences in support for the lonely sport of writing and building a supportive group of MWA writers. Featured Presenter: Joy “Sistah Joy” Matthews Alford.

Nov 6

First Friday Open Mic - November 2020

Writers, performers and lover of verse are invited to spend time sharing work and experiences in support for the lonely sport of writing and building a supportive group of MWA writers. Featured Presenter TBA.

Dec 4

First Friday Open Mic - December 2020

Writers, performers and lover of verse are invited to spend time sharing work and experiences in support for the lonely sport of writing and building a supportive group of MWA writers. Featured Presenter TBA.

First Fridays

On the first Friday of each month, MWA host a featured reader/speaker with an open mic to follow. Writers, performers and lover of verse are invited to spend time sharing work and experiences in support for the lonely sport of writing and building a supportive group of MWA writers.

Hosted by Patti Ross who graduated from Washington, DC's Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts and The American University. After graduation, she had a brief career in the arts and several of her journalist pieces were published in the Washington Times and the Rural America newspapers. Patti has rediscovered her love of writing and is sharing her voice as the spoken word artist "little pi." Her debut chapbook, St. Paul Street Provocations, will be released in 2021 by Yellow Arrow Publishing. She currently serves on the Board for the Maryland Writers Association, as well as several other non-profit organizations in the Baltimore region. Patti lives in Ellicott City, MD. You can follow her blog at: https://littlepisuniverse.wordpress.com and https://www.facebook.com/ecpoetryandprosemic

Link to Register / Attendhttps://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvd

Open Mic: To register as an open mic speaker please email Patti Ross at [email protected] and request to be added to the list of open mic speakers. Patti will notify you when you have been added. Please be sure to have 5 minutes or less of reading (approx. 3 poems) to share with the group. Once you have logged on to the Zoom session be sure to check the Private Chat section for notification of when you are on deck (or next). If you have a book or coming event, be sure to announce to the group during your time.

Featured Guest: Our featured Poets/Performers are asked to prepare 20 minutes of material to share with the group. If you are interested in being a feature reader please email Patti at [email protected]

First Fridays is a monthly online event and will continue through 2021. Thank you for all your support in this endeavor.

Peace & Poetry.

Featured presenter - october 2, 2020

Joy “Sistah Joy” Matthews Alford was appointed as the inaugural Poet Laureate of Prince George’s County, Maryland in September, 2018 to serve a 3-year term supporting and promoting poetry as well as cultural and literary arts in Prince George’s County. She is an author, arts advocate, and produces and has hosted the award-winning poetry-based cable television show, Sojourn with Words since its inception in 2005. Sistah Joy received the Poet Laureate Special Award (2002) for “her outstanding contributions to the art of poetry” in her native Washington, DC. She is an alum of the late Washington, DC Poet Laureate, Dolores Kendrick’s “Poets in Progress” series and also an alum of the Mariposa Writers Retreat. In 1995 she founded the socially-conscious poetry ensemble, Collective Voices, which has performed nationally and internationally (London, England) and continues to perform in the U.S. primarily along the East coast. Sistah Joy is the author of three books, Lord I’m Dancin’ As Fast As I Can (2000); From Pain to Empowerment - The Fabric of My Being (2009); and This Garden Called Life (2011).


Sistah Joy is also the Poet Laureate of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church in Fort Washington, Maryland where she has served as president of that church’s Poetry Ministry since 2003. Her poetry efforts particularly include literacy, social justice, spirituality, individual empowerment and support for underserved youth groups and women’s support organizations. She has been a co-director of M-NCPPC’s Teen Poetry Residency, Expressions, Talk Up/Not Down, since its inception in 2006.  Sistah Joy served as Poetry Editor during the 5 year run of the nationally distributed quarterly publication, ACE Dialogue, which was designed to be a resource on African American art, literature, film and other cultural issues.  Sistah Joy is a Charter Board Member of C.A.A.P.A. (Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts, Inc.) and a Lifetime Member of PGAAMCC (Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center). 

Visit her website https://www.sistahjoy.com for more information and to view samples of her poetry.

Contact Sistah Joy at [email protected].