• Join us to hear a reading from poet May Kuroiwa, followed by Open Mic (see below for details to how to sign up).

May 7

First Friday - May 2021 - Poet May Kuroiwa

Join us for our featured poet: May Kuroiwa (coo-row-ee-wah)


Missed February's Voices of Woodlawn -- or just want to revisit this amazing performance?
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With a send-off from Analysis.

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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 / Attend https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvd--hqD8qH9wqroozp6AkVVxIPg6jxfar
To receive call-in information for the meeting, be sure to register in advance at the above zoom link.

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 - May 2021 - Poet May Kuroiwa

May 07, 2021
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. Poet May Kuroiwa will be our featured poet, with an open mic to follow. Click here for details.

A decade after Hawaii’s queen was forced to sign the Bayonet Constitution, making the kingdom a US territory, May Kuroiwa’s grandparents emigrated from Japan to work as field laborers on a sugarcane plantation. Her mother was pregnant with her first child – May’s eldest brother – when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. She worked as a nurse and, after studying microbiology at Douglass College, in medical research. Her short story, “Just Like the First Time”, won the 2020 Chautauqua Charles McCorkle Hauser Prize. May is researching a one-act play, “George Floyd Greets Ashli Babbitt at the Pearly Gates”. She lives in Havre de Grace with her husband, a Dutch-English-German-Irish-Slovenian-American.

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