“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”
- Audre Lorde
Mic Supremacy is a POC led and centered open mic night open to the Lawrence community. Hosted by Jameelah Jones, the event will have a featured reader, with open mic and social time to follow.
Big Tent curators Kelly Barth, Danny Caine, Andy Farkas, Mercedes Lucero, and Denise Low will read new work at the Raven.
In addition to Beth reading from her new book, Water-Gazers, she will be joined by readings by the following local poets: Annette Billings, Steve Bunch, Danny Caine, Brian Daldorph, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Tracy Harrison, Megan Kaminski, Gary Lichliter, Denise Low, Rhonda Miller, Kevin Rabas, Jeanie Wilson.
Elizabeth Schultz's sixth book of poetry, WATER-GAZERS, confirms and inspires our dependency on and our fascination with water. With particular attention to lakes and oceans, her poetry considers water not only as a source of multitudinous life, but specifically as a source of joy, of surprise, and occasionally of distress and disaster. The rhythms of water are the rhythms of her poetry.
Polonchek will be reading from her new book In Good Faith: Secular Parenting in a Religious World. Raven staff member, Kelly Barth, has this to say about Good Faith: "In Good Faith isn't a one-size-fits-all solution for every parent: That's its beauty.
Part memoir, part cultural exploration, this book covers the author's journey as she grows up in an evangelical Christian home, leaves religion behind as a young adult, and goes on to raise children in a family outside of religious belief.
Author/Midwife Linda Orsi Robinson will read from her book, Sunday Morning, Shamwana – A Midwife’s Letters from the Field.