Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Reading at Cafe Azteca

Last night’s reading and open mic was fantastic! I had a great time reading my work, listening to some terrific local poets, and enjoying really good Mexican food.

The reading was held at Café Azteca, with its walls decorated with brightly colored murals. Also, each mural had a bit of verse from a well-known poet or writer.

I think for an audience to come out and support poetry in this day and age, you really have to have advocates. It also helped that it was nearly 60 degrees last night. The Frost Foundation and the Eagle Tribune/Salem News continually remind the community that poetry matters, and that it is worth supporting. So I owe big debt of thanks to Mark Schorr, in particular, for asking me to read.

(Mark Schorr)

(Ray Landry)

This was my first time as a featured speaker, an honor I took very seriously. I mean, since I’m not a particularly strong public speaker, I was very conscious of not making mistakes or not talking to much between poems, and very aware of the audience's reactions.

My husband, Tim, came with me for support (a rare night out as a couple!), yet his observations will influence how I approach reading poetry in the future. For instance, I had one poem that broke the mood because of where it was placed. The poem was about abuse, yet because I put it in the middle of a group of family poems, it was disruptive to the flow. All in all, I couldn't have been happier with my performance (no other critic is tougher of herself than me).

The crowd was generous with their kind words and applause, and I was certainly humbled by the experience.


Goodnight, Mom said...


Just sent you an email and thought you might have posted something. I'm so proud of you for doing that last night!!!


KieKay said...



eds said...

you have come so far! its exciting. im sure you had a profound impact on all the people that listened to your poems...look forward to hearing more about your potry milestones!


susan said...


January said...

Thanks for the kind words.

BB said...

What fun decor ~ seems like a fabulous place to read ~ I'll be sure to stop by on my worldwide poetry reading tour ;)

Ananda said...

january, i am glad folks came out to support you and the other poets. you look like you were having a great time. rock it poetess.

geek-betty said...

How wonderful! I wish there were more poetry readings/places to share writing in my area.

Marc said...

I'm a big fan of the food at Cafe Azteca, but didn't know they had such events as poetry readings there. I'll have to get up there some night when there's another event like this. (By the way, I was there for lunch last Friday and it was as good as ever--wonderful mole sauce...)

January said...

Hi Marc. The events are arranged by the Frost Foundation. I think they'll start up again in the fall. Hope to see you there.

Also, there's good eats and poetry at the Gulu Gulu in Salem. Check out their poetry lineup--and the crepes.


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