Open Mic and other verbal assaults


moves to {9} The Gallery

2nd Friday’s of month

beginning January 11, 2013

featuring Jed Allen & Regina Blakely

Open mic starts at 7pm
(sign-up between 6:45 and 7:15)

Hosted by Jack Evans & Shawnte Orion

This week:

Jared Duran
Cherylin Schütt (who also happens to be beautiful)
Cody Wilson

Jared Duran is a writer, poet, musician, pop culture junky, unlicensed (though adventurous) mixologist, amateur DJ, and cat wrangler. His writing has appeared in Canyon Voices and The Traveler among others. He can be found participating in open mics and poetry readings throughout the Phoenix metropolitan region, and has even been asked to do so once or twice. A firm subscriber to the idea that anything worth saying can be expressed via mix tape, Jared was voted most likely to over-describe himself by his classmates, and is often spotted wearing plaid.

Cherylin Schütt was born in Germany. Being the daughter of a naval officer, she first moved to Cadiz, Spain at age six; and by twelve left Spain to live in California and Florida before her family finally settled in Arizona. Cherylin can be found reading anything by Jane Austen and Sylvia Plath; whenever possible she picks up her Pentax camera to shoot black and white. She holds a Bachelor degree in English Literature from Arizona State University and lives in Mesa with her daughter and her cat, Florence.

Cody Wilson is pursuing degrees in Secondary Education and English. His poetry was recently published in the undergraduate journal on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. His future plans are to learn, teach, and write.

Turn West On McKinley St. for PARKING LOT in the back

Jed Allen was born on the potholed road between Heaven and Hell and he walks there still. His writing has appeared in numerous journals and in Fever Dreams: contemporary Arizona poets (U of Arizona Press). He has raised goats, worked as a janitor, cut and sold fire wood door-to-door, made adobes, taught English and Creative Writing classes, and is an improvisatory pianist and bassist. His book, The Fear of Algebra, was published in 2011. Across his back he has written: somos todos ilegales.

Regina Blakely has been a team member and three-time competitor at the National Poetry Slam and represented Greater Phoenix as an individual at the inaugural Women of the World Poetry Slam Nationals in Detroit, MI. The Scottsdale Center for the Arts commissioned her to write and perform original work in response to James Turrell’s “Infinite Light” exhibit, and she has performed at the Civic Center Plaza in celebration of Martin Luther King Day. Prior to finding her own voice in poetry, she studied theater and “the bard” with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts.














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