The Ancient City Poets will host a community open mic reading on line through the infamous zoom meeting platform.
Once in a while we call a free-for-all and hold a reading with no theme. Give us two or three of your polished poems or share fresh ink from your notebook.
We will also be honoring the four year anniversary of our start date at the Corazon Cinema and Cafe. Our first reading was held at the Corazon in June of 2016. We moved from City Bistro, and before that we were at a restaurant called the Gallery Cafe, before that we were at a recovery gift shop on West King Street know as Gifts For Living. We have been gathering for free open mic poetry reading since August of 2009.
The zoom meeting ID number and any passwords that might be needs will be posted on the Facebook event page. Here is the link:
A sign-up sheet will be available at 2:30 and the open mic will start at 3:00 pm. At that time the facilitator will ask everyone who is logged on if they would like to be on the reading list. Readers will be called to the “podium” in the order their names appear on the list. The first 15 readers will be guaranteed a spot at the mic.
During this time of social distancing, the North Florida poetry community has moved to an online platform to share their written words. The April zoom meeting gathering was a salute to National Poetry Month and it attracted readers from South Florida, Jacksonville, and St. Augustine. The May reading was a powerful affirmation that black lives matter, as tensions began to rise in downtown St. Augustine, and all over the world.
SUPPORT OUR READING VENUE
As soon as social distancing is a memory, we will return to the Corazon, located at 36 Granada St in Saint Augustine, Florida. The Corazon is open most evenings. We do ask that you patronize them and thank them for opening their doors to poetry and spoken word and performance art.
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ANCIENT CITY POETS ON YOUTUBE
Two years ago, for National Poetry Month, we launched a YouTube Channel to preserve our past. We always encourage video students and volunteers with cameras to help us document the Saint Augustine poetry scene.
Subscribe to our channel so you can get notified whenever new footage is added. Check out this clip shot by Chris Bodor on a tripod in the bell tower of historic Trinity Parish in St. Augustine, Florida. The parish was founded in June of 1821 and they are gearing up to celebrate their bicentennial with a series of events and observations during all of 2021. In this clip, Bodor talks about a pandemic project known as PAM Jam (Poets, Artists, and Musicians Spreading Joy). He is one of 18 participating poets. His poem, "Present Moment Bliss", is featured in the clip.