The Café Writers, a local critique group that has met and shared manuscripts since 2002, will offer a monthly “Community Open Mic” reading on stage at Clock Tower Records in downtown Grass Valley. This event has grown out of a homegrown writers’ group — writers of all ages, writers of poetry, fiction or nonfiction, writers of any style or tradition are welcome to participate and share their work in a new performance venue. This month, the reading will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Clock Tower Records in Grass Valley. The event will celebrate summer solstice and musicians are invited — several guitarists and songwriters will be there. High school and college students are especially invited to read their work to a wider audience. So that the work stays fresh and the reading diverse and entertaining, all writers and performers are invited to perform for five to seven minutes max.
“Clock Tower Records is a wonderful and intimate backstage space perfect for the spoken word,” said owners Curt Smith and Debra Kiva. “We’re very enthusiastic about these art forms mixing it up — poetry, music, art — and surrounded by 100s of R&B, rock and roll, jazz, classical, hip hop and world music albums.”
The Café Writers Group was started by poet, writer and editor Iven Lourie, who has lived in Nevada County since 1985. He has been the editor of a literary journal, the Chicago Review, has published poetry and articles in literary magazines and journals, and now teaches literature and composition at Sierra College. Members of the Café Writers have collaborated to produce this event: publicity by poet Doreen Domb, graphic art promotion by poet and artist, Beverly Korenwaser and additional help from fiction writer Bill Glover. Local artist Lil McGill’s large abstract paintings create a striking backdrop for each writer and musician at this event.
The Café Writers and Clock Tower Records invite community artists to share their poems, songs and stories at this free event.
Clock Tower Records is located at 130 W. Main St. For information, call 530-477-1400.