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Saturday Night Special, A Disobedient Open Mic

February 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm PST

February is the month of love and loneliness, Pisces and Leap Year. But we’re doing our own thing. In honor of all that is wrong in the world, we’re celebrating DISOBEDIENCE. Tell us about being naughty, or just plain bad, about subverting expectations, talking back, bucking the system, civil or marital or animal disobedience, about saying no. Or yes. Or don’t do any of that. I’m not the boss of you. I’m not even your real mom.

February featured writers: Yume Kim & Georgina Marie

Bring your (three-minute) poems, stories, comedic sketches, songs, or dances, on our (optional) theme (or any topic).

First come first served. Sign-up starts at 7pm and closes when it fills up or when the reading starts, so get there early if you want to read! (Note: Sometimes the list is full by 7:03pm)

Each reader will have 3 minutes maximum. For prose writers this is about one and a half double-spaced pages.

PLEASE NOTE: We are strict about the 3 minute max. When you reach your time limit at SNS, we turn on the disco lights! So, please plan ahead. Practice your piece out loud. Time yourself!

After the reading, stick around for karaoke starting at 10pm

Saturday, February 29, 2020
7 – 9:30 pm

Nick’s Lounge (21+)
3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA
1 block south of Ashby BART
Between Fairview St & Martin Luther King Jr Way

But bring CASH if you want to buy drinks (which you sort of have to, because there’s a 1-drink minimum!)

Hosted by: Hollie Hardy

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Yume Kim is an alumni of San Francisco State University, with an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. She is also a Kundiman fellow and has previously attended the Kundiman Asian-American Poetry Retreat during the summer of 2012 at Fordham University. Her recent chapbook, Reserve the Right, is now available through Nomadic Press. Additionally some of her works can also be found in the following journals: gesture, sPARKLE + bLINK, West Wind Review, Transfer, Sugared Water, Writing Without Walls, and The East Bay Review.

Georgina Marie is a poet from Lake County, Northern California. She was one of three finalists for the 2018-2020 Lake County Poet Laureate term and is in the running for the 2020-2022 term. She is involved in her literary community as a writer, supporter of writers, and organizer and participant of poetry events. She has participated in readings in Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Alameda, and San Francisco counties. In 2019, she served as editor for RESTORE, a collection of written word and visual arts for the Middletown Art Center, was guest editor for author Nicole Gulotta’s online writers support group, and had an ekphrastic poem in collaboration with Los Angeles artist Richard Chow featured at the Griffin Museum of Phptography in Boston, Massachusetts. She currently hosts the Harbin Writers Collective at Harbin Hot Springs and aims to continue encouraging and promoting the literary movement in Lake County. As part of the Broken Nose Collective, an annual chapbook exchange, she created her first poetry chapbook, Finding the Roots of Water, in 2018 and recently completed her second chapbook, Tree Speak, in 2019. In 2020 she is working on her full-length manuscript to submit to publishers.


February 29, 2020
7:00 pm PST
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Saturday Night Special, an East Bay open mic
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Nick’s Lounge
3218 Adeline St.
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States
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