The confusion over when this was to be held wasn't an "April Fools" joke: this open mic is (usually) held on the 2nd Sunday of each month at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, in Troy, NY. But this year Easter falls on the 2nd Sunday, so this was held on the 1st Sunday instead. That didn't seem to faze the 8 writers who showed up to read, nor the few others that wandered in to listen. But my co-host wasn't there.
I started off with a tribute to poet Adrienne Rich, who died the week before, with readings of a couple poems & passages from her prose work, What Is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry & Politics.
There was a nice mix of poetry & prose writing today, with Bob Sharkey explemptlifying that with a little of each, "Alarm," the story of a person facing a firing squad, another piece of prose, "Bakery," & a poem, a portrait of "Billie." Strangely enough, Harvey Havel's piece was from a fiction narrative & involved the memories of man also about to be executed by a firing squad. David Wolcott saved us from firing squads & took us hopping freight trains & riding the rails in an excerpt from his memoir, "Roseville."
This open mic is most-usually on the 2nd Sunday of the month, 2PM at the Arts Center in Troy. Free!