Hi all: So! First Thursdays is in full swing – going strong since the Fall of 2012!
So, this open mic reading series comes out of a comforting and supportive poetry history in St. Joseph, MO. I remember that the first few times I read poetry were only because I was given the opportunity here in St. Joe when Bill Church and a few others had poetry readings and FORCED students to get up and share their work.
My goal, though, with First Thursdays, is to get a bigger audience, to get more people involved, and to provide a platform for diverse voices. This is a place where all kinds of writing is appreciated, where any level of writer can be applauded, and where all we want to do is celebrate that one thing we all love – creativity, imagination, especially the written word.
We have moved around a few times because we’re looking for a place we can truly call HOME. Where do our poems sound the best? Where are the people the nicest? Where is the beer cheap? We’re hoping our latest venue, with our own private room can help writers feel comfortable and free to share what they have to say.
First Thursdays is all about voice – about sharing your voice, being heard. We hope to eventually bridge the gap between academia and the university – because I once worked with a fantastic Kansas journal with the same goals, I feel that a poetry reading series with those goals of a true writer community can really become something amazing.
My plans: Perhaps we will have a yearly publication of works read by readers. Perhaps we can make this happen. I’d also like to have readings on campus in addition to off campus, and my ultimate goal will be to also bring in writers from the Midwest so that we can feature them and also share our work with them. We’ll see! I’d love to make this happen.
Pics from our last reading!