31 May


I guess I forgot today was Tuesday.

Anyways, I do have things to tell you, general public, writers, readers, etc!

So, I had this idea…for those of you who remember, Layne and I recently did a reading for the Slash Pine Poetry Festival in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I know I’ve written about that before, but I have to mention again that it was a wonderful experience. And, I would really love for my other Chickz to be involved in something similar and to perhaps sponsor that event.

I have noticed that readings can go either way. Usually, they’re good. But, that could very well be my own discriminating tastes matched with a discriminating pocket book. Sometimes, readings are bad. And, I have been to a few bad readings.

yeah...sometimes that's how it feels

I suppose there are several reasons that  live readings turn out badly, but I find this list takes the cake predominately:

A) the readers are relatively in experienced

B) the crowd is boring

C) the crowd is bored [either bored in that artsy, bru-ha-ha way, or because the readers have no clue what they ‘re doing.]

or finally, D) there isn’t enough happening!

How do we change these problems?! Well, some of them, we can’t change. New readers must be given the opportunity to be involved or else readings will die like the dinosaurs.

But, as far as the other issues go, I think I’ve come up with a few cures we could implement.

First of all, I’d like to do a reading, more an event actually. I guess that’s the main point I’m trying to make. I’d like it to be large, with writers from throughout the midwest, with varying themes and genres. I’d like to mix up the crowd a bit, including both college students and the older set.

let's get the porch sittin' hicks out on the town!

My hatchling ideas are as follows:doing a dinner with the readers, where attendees could pay a fee to sit at a table with a writer of their choice [this is how we include the older, more financially inclined set]. Also, I was thinking of having a short concert after the reading with two or three bands performing, so as to bring together the art community in the midwest. I want an amalgamation of artists. I’ve also had the idea of doing a small art display in the lobby of the venue.


An event,  partially sponsored by Chicklitz via our own private fundraising. Thanks to a gracious source [hey dad!], I might have located a ritzy venue with catering, a theatre, etc–all in the area. I have a few ideas as to readers I’d like to invite, but mostly I want suggestions! This will be the first mention of anything to the rest of the Chicklitz, so I look forward to hearing from them as well as the rest of our readership and beyond.

Would you appreciate this type of an event?

Would you like to be involved if you are a current writer/artist in the midwest?

We can't all be this aloof. So, let's get together, yeah yeah yeah!


5 Responses to “It’s Tuesday?! CALLING ALL ARTEEESTz”

  1. ce. May 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    This sounds awesome. I’m actually doing something similar for the next Vouched Presents, though not quite as large scale as I think you’re shooting for. But I am digging for sponsors for beer and such. Maybe even food.

    Let me know what you end up looking to do. I’d be glad to help however I can with the Vouched resources I have available.

  2. D May 31, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    Way to get things a rollin!

  3. Sean Lovelace June 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm #


  4. Renee June 2, 2011 at 12:22 am #

    I’m not anywhere near Muncie but I have an art gallery in a downtown historic district and the way that I’ve structured the marketing of the venue, this could be awesome, and fun. If you want to contact me I’m on facebook and Abby is a friend. It’s about 2.5 away from Muncie but perhaps that would be fun? I don’t know, it’s up to you.

  5. elysiasmith June 2, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    Christopher: thank you for you offer. I would absolutely love having the vouched table there. I will certainly keep you posted.

    Renee: I do already have a venue. It’s a few hours from Muncie, but I think that’s ok because the goal is get writers from throughout the midwest. However, I have been thinking that we might do some other, teaser, preliminary readings and I will certainly contact you once I have things more solidly put together. Thank you.

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