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Saturday Night Special, A “Summer” Open Mic

June 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm PDT


Summer is officially here and SNS wants to celebrate! Your challenge this month is to write about SUMMER. Perhaps you want to capture the chaos of this moment in time, or go back in history or memory to a time when summer felt different, or imagine a new kind of summer for the future. Travel or stay home, either way, we’ll be right here. Put on a summer hat and join us for a summer open mic. Online.

Share your poems, stories, comedic sketches, songs, or dances, on our (optional) theme (or any topic).

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

JUNE FEATURES: Tess Taylor and Alia Volz

Saturday, June 27, 2020
7 – 9:30 pm

Hosted by: Hollie Hardy

SIGN UP starts one week in advance, on June 20. Requests added in the order received until the list is full. To sign up, put your request to read in the event comments, or direct message Hollie Hardy. Please time your reading & keep it to 3 minutes max.

ALL ATTENDEES: To prevent being mistaken for a Zoom bomber and blocked, RSVP on FB, and use your real full name on Zoom. If you are new and unknown to host, please reach out in advance so I can vet you, and put you on the safe list. We will be using the Waiting Room feature again and only letting in people we can verify.


Meeting ID: 956 8283 0985
Password: 474874

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/95682830985?pwd=Vk5MWHhPK3N4Mzk2Skp4Q2NOcDRnQT09

Or Telephone: +1 669 900 6833

SNS misses its home at Nick’s Lounge and hopes to return soon. Meanwhile, please support Nick’s Lounge on GoFundMe:



Tess Taylor is the author of the chapbook The Misremembered World, selected by Eavan Boland for the Poetry Society of America’s inaugural chapbook fellowship, The Forage House, which was a finalist for the Believer poetry prize, and Work & Days, which was named one of the best books of poetry of 2016 by The New York Times. Ilya Kaminsky recently hailed her as “the poet for our moment.” In spring 2020 she published two books of poems: Last West, part of Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures exhibition at the MoMA, and Rift Zone, from Red Hen Press. She is a poetry reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered.

Alia Volz is the author of Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020). Her work has appeared in The Best American Essays, The New York Times, Bon Appetit, The Threepenny Review, and many other publications. Her unusual family story has been featured on Snap Judgment, Criminal and NPR’s Fresh Air.


June 27, 2020
7:00 pm PDT
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