• Come to listen to poet and author Laura Shovan and share with other poets and writers.

  • Start the new year off right with inspiration from poet Tara A. Elliot and fellow poets and writers.

Dec 4

First Friday Open Mic - December 2020 - Featuring Poet Laura Shovan

Featured Poet: Laura Shovan. 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.

Jan 1

First Friday Open Mic - January 2021 - Featured Poet Tara A. Elliot

Featured Presenter Tara A. Elliot. 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.

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 Sign-Up: 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.

First Friday Open Mic - December 2020 - Featuring Poet Laura Shovan

December 04, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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. The Featured Speaker is poet and novelist Laura Shovan, followed by open mic. Click here for details on the event and how to add your name to the reading list.

About the Writer: Laura Shovan is an editor, educator, poet, and children’s author. Her books include Mountain, Log, Salt and Stone, winner of the Harriss Poetry Prize, Life in Me Like Grass on Fire: Love Poems, and Voices Fly: An Anthology of Exercises and Poems from the Maryland State Arts Council Artists-in-Residence Program (co-edited with Virginia Crawford). Laura is a longtime poet-in-the-schools. Her award-winning novels for children are The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, Takedown, and A Place at the Table, co-written with Saadia Faruqi. Laura co-hosts Wilde Readings in Howard County, Maryland. 

Link to register / attend: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvd--hqD8qH9wqroozp6AkVVxIPg6jxfar