Look Who Is Coming to East of Edith This Week! Lucky Us…

Last week was a stellar, moving, grounded, intense performance by Beata Tsosie-Pena at East of Edith, and Local Poets Guild Monday open mic continues its magnificent run of features with Olivia Gatwood.

Olivia is already a renowned performer and poet! And she’s just getting started. The bio on her FB poetry page says, too modestly:

 “Olivia Gatwood is a young poet who currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After moving out of the country at age 10, she discovered writing as a new past time. What was once short stories, soon became short poems and eventually she ventured into the world of slam poetry. Olivia has been a part of the Albuquerque Youth Slam team for the past two years and was featured on HBO’s Brave New Voices in October of 2010.  In the future, Olivia hopes to move to a larger city and will publish a book by 2015.”

If you’re unfamiliar with East of Edith, it’s a pretty hot open mic. “Hot” meaning “literary”…. everybody’s working and writing. Each person on the open mic is invited to share two poems, four minute limit, and often they share one of their own and one classic. It’s a rollicking good time, with a serious edge, serious listeners, good fun, happy chatter. Arrive early to get coffee and snacks, read, listen, catch an outstanding feature…  and all for whatever you can put into the hat. Meaning: pay what you can if you can. Come, enjoy poetry.

We also have a fabulous rotating cast of hosts who are usually up to a wee bit of something, like sharing classics between, or offering writing prompts.

Enjoy! Hope to see you Monday!