Out Loud HSV monthly open mic and features create a space for literary arts and spoken word to grow! Join us in Pizzelle's Confections, RR4 of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment, Come early to sign up for the open mic, where you will have 5 minutes to share your work. Then we will have a 30 minute feature with Erika Renee Land!
Erika Renee Land is an American 21st century war poet, known for her numerous essays, fiction novels, various poetry collections, and being a civil rights activist. As a War Poet, Erika channels her experiences of being deployed to Mosul, Iraq to help with Operation Iraqi Freedom into dynamic poetry that takes the reader on a journey emotionally and physically. She has published two books of poetry. The first was Residual Affects, with fellow veteran KaTisha Smittick that juxtaposes their similar experiences by meshing poetry and photography, and the second book Georgia’s Dam, embodies Erika’s struggles with Post-traumatic stress disorder, that takes you to the very spots where she created most of her poetry. Her first fiction series It’s Complicated highlights the struggles of interpersonal relationships. As a civil rights activist she travels giving the opening speeches for marches, is a member of the NAACP, the National Organization for Women, and the Alliance for Justice to name a few.
Out Loud is dedicated to fostering new voices and encouraging participation, so even if you have never been to an open mic before, please come on down and hear some new interesting voices and share! This is a free show, but donations are strongly encouraged. Doors at 6:00, show begins at 6:30.