The last of this semester’s Swamp Scribes Open Mike was last night, and it was great! We had about 30, very talented, readers. It was kind of emotional for me, because it was my last one, as an SCF student (I still plan to visit when I’m at USF). My good friend Jay helped me host the event. As one of the students commented, it was a wonderful celebration of free speech. Students and faculty alike were able to creatively express their ideas, philosophies, emotions, without any sort of confining filter. It’s truly something that doesn’t get fully appreciated for its magnitude.
Although it was the last open Mike reading, there is still one more BIG event to be held. It’s the Poetry Slam, Thursday, December 9th at 7pm in the Selby Room, Venice Campus. It’s a wild ride! It will once again be hosted the famed poet Ray Mcniece, and you can get a taste of his work and biography at his website: http://www.raymcniece.com/. It’s great fun and I hope to see you there. Last year, I was lucky enough to place in the final three (third place L), I hope to come in strong this year, but I’m know I’m up for a challenge. It’s amazing how many brilliant and quiet poets are among us.
I’m off to Archeology class, hope we find something today. If I don’t get a chance to, I’m wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!