Writers Can Read Open Mic Night

September 18

Empire Books and News | Pullman Square | 3rd Ave & 10th St

7 pm - 8:30 pm

Each month Empire Books and News holds a night to celebrate the literary arts and the love of reading featuring published authors reading their own works and unpublished authors trying out something they’ve penned.

The featured readers this month are Robert Gripe and Ron Houchin.

Robert Gipe Winner of the 2015 Weatherford Award in Fiction. Robert Gipe has been the director of the Appalachian Program at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College in Cumberland, KY since 1997. He is a producer of Higher Ground, a series of community musical dramas based on oral histories and grounded in discussion of local issues, and faculty coordinator of the Crawdad student arts series. In addition to “Trampoline”, Gipe’s work has also been published in Appalachian Heritage.

Ron Houchin  Award winning poet Ron Houchin was raised on the remote banks of the Ohio River in Huntington, West Virginia and has travelled throughout Europe, Canada, and the U.S.  His work has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, The Stinging Fly, The Southwest Review, Appalachian Heritage, The New Orleans Review, and over two hundred other venues. He has been awarded the book of the year award from the Appalachian Writers' Association.

Anyone attending can share a short 10-15 minute piece of writing with the audience during the "open mic" portion of the event (which takes place following the featured readers). The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

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