Keep St. Pete Lit Poetry Open Mic Lures Your Biome

May 19, 2017 by DANIEL VEINTIMILLA | LITERATURE, THINGS TO DO, VISUAL ARTS
Gloria Muñoz reading from "Your Biome Has Found You." All photos by Daniel Veintimilla.
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Keep St. Pete Lit’s Poetry Open Mic offers an opportunity for local writers to share their polished or unpolished pieces in a nonjudgmental atmosphere, and to meet new people.

Creative Pinellas caught up with host, KSPL director Maureen McDole and her lit team last Wednesday night, at the multipurpose space on First Avenue South, which is always bringing people together from all different cultural backgrounds who work with art, heritage, history, song, literature, theater, moving pictures and moving bodies.

Gloria Muñoz and the crowd.

Maureen McDole emcees the event.

Throughout the evening, McDole provided a mentoring, nurturing presence to the readers, helping them get over the stage fright or embarrassment of their subject matter. She enforces one strict rule: “No apologies,” stressing that the poets can talk about whichever topic they choose — and own it — no matter how dark, depressing or bizarre they think their work may be.

Mixed media works by Rose Marie Prins surrounded us. Her works, mostly inspired by nature, including striking verticals depicting water, provided the perfect backdrop. (Listen to CP’s Podcast interview to learn more about the artist.)

Rose Marie Prins front wall at Studio@620

 Prins verticals after the open mic at Studio@620

 

Rose Marie Prins, mixed media artwork.

The night’s featured poet, Gloria Muñoz — a prolific poet, translator and instructor at Eckerd College — read verse from her recently published thought-provoking poetry collection, Your Biome Has Found you.

Her selection of poems varied impressively in style and mood. One of the more memorable works, “The Mother Machine.” features a vividly rhythmic sestina that with aspects of sewing, inter-generational female bonding and magical realism. Muñoz, incidentally, co-founded Pitch Her Productions, a nonprofit dedicated to the advancement of women in film arts.

Preston Jarvis reading.

Evangelia Maragouthakis reading.

A few other writers that participated included Kaliegh Derting, Evangelia Maragouthakis, and couple Preston and Jamie Jarvis.

Interested readers are welcome to sign up on arrival. Admission is $5 at the door. Visit keepstpetelit.org for more information on this and other upcoming literary events.

McDole’s daughter Lily takes in Rose Marie Prins’ installation

 

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