I can't believe it has been two years since I accidentally started Words to Live By! It was meant to be a five-part series over the summer, but there was a demand to continue a monthly show. Several people said this kind of series was missing from Ottawa's spoken word scene and there hadn't been a show like this since the Oneness Poetry Showcase.
I really wanted to create a space to encourage first-time performers, up-and-coming poets and women. We've had many people courageously share their poetry for the first time, while others have had their first featured performance.
It has been beautiful to see people step out of their comfort zone, and recognize the power of their voices and stories.
“Open mic with the bestest people in the world. Thank you for providing space for all those wonderful poets and incredible human beings. Learning to own my voice and be my kind of beautiful :) Jenna, thank you for introducing me so lovingly into the stage…the warm feeling is still spreading from my chest to my smile. Thank you for being your awesome self and organizing the best show in town. I look forward to it every time.”
It has been such a pleasure showing up and creating a place for individuals to own their voices and be their kind of beautiful. Often, we just need the opportunity, encouragement and space to realize how awesome we are.
If you're around tomorrow on Tuesday, August 26, it'd be awesome to see you for my last Words to Live By show at Pressed Cafe. I'm also excited to let you know that Artemysia Fragiskatos and Brad Morden will be continuing the show.
Doors and open mic sign-up are at 7pm. Come by, share some poetry and celebrate our two-year anniversary with us!