When I first started performing poetry four years ago, I was so nervous I couldn’t eat before performing or wear my glasses. I can still remember my fears when I performed the first poem I wrote, “Everyone Loves An Asian Girl,” at the Oneness Poetry Showcase. It was my second performance in public and first time sharing in Ottawa. I was welcomed with open arms to the poetry community and this show was an important space for many first-time performers. I hope Words to Live By has picked up where Oneness left off in creating an open, safe and intimate environment for artists to speak their voices.
We’re very excited to feature FreeWill, the poet who created the show, this Wednesday, March 19 at Pressed Cafe. Please come and show your support for someone who has made a huge impact in Ottawa’s spoken word community. Be sure to check out some photos from last month’s packed show!