WELCOME! We’re so glad that you have chosen to join, or are considering joining, our merry little band of poets and poetry lovers.
The only requirement for membership is that you enjoy the art of poetry – whether that is writing your own, reading the work of other poets or simply listening as others present poems. It’s all good, and we see a little bit of everything in our diverse membership. We’re certain that whatever your personal level of poetic appreciation is that you’ll fit right in just fine from day one.
We strongly encourage you to not only bring your own work to share (if you are writing and have something ready) but also from other writers: it doubles the number of poets present at each meeting!
Our group activities revolve around 2 specific types of meetings. We have a monthly meeting which is a private event only open to our members. We also sponsor a local Open Mic which is available to our members as well as the public in general. Please check out our calendar to view upcoming dates and be sure to RSVP so that we know you are coming out to meet us.
MONTHLY MEETINGS: The aim of this group, above all, is to share poetry. And through this sharing we hope to stimulate the minds and creativity of our members. A big part of this endeavor is accomplished by having a guiding theme for our monthly meetings, whether it’s a suggested topic to try writing on or perhaps a specific style of poem that we’re asked to try out. Many of our members comment that the monthly assignment keeps them accountable and on track to keep writing in these busy times when perhaps working on our craft can become less of a priority.
These themes are always optional, and so if they don’t appeal to you or inspire anything to appear on your paper then always feel free to just bring whatever you are feeling compelled to share at that time. Our meetings are very informal, relaxed and fun so there’s no judgment of those who choose to read work that is unrelated to that month’s theme.
And speaking of judgment…we seriously stay clear of that nasty word in general. Although there’s always lots of discussion and feedback, we keep comments on a positive note as a rule. If someone specifically wants and requests a ‘critique’ response from the group then some more suggestion based comments can be made, but these are still kept at a positive and encouraging slant. This group is not about tearing people’s work apart. After all…it’s art…completely subjective! We are about uplifting, encouraging and inspiring each other in a supportive setting where all levels of writing are welcome.
We meet in various homes of our members around the St. Louis area, trying to rotate locations N, S, E & W as much as possible to keep the driving distance as equal as possible for the majority of the group. Each month the general area of St. Louis – such as South City or Westport – is noted on the calendar entry so that you can decide if it’s a reasonable distance for you to submit your RSVP. The day prior to the event the actual address is sent via email to those members who have RSVP’d Yes or Maybe. We us this process to protect the privacy of our members who have kindly offered their homes as a venue but do not wish for their addresses to be made public on the Meetup website.
We typically have a social hour, followed by an evening of poetry which is very loosely structured and laid back. If you’re new then please come for the social hr. so that we can get to know you and offer you a proper welcome to the group. You can feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share, as a lot of our members do, but it’s not a requirement by any means. Somehow we always end up with a decent spread of eats and drinks to graze on throughout the evening and all are welcome to partake.
The length of the meeting varies greatly and depends on how many attend. We try to rotate the day of the week that the meeting is scheduled on in order to accommodate as many members as possible, often voting at a current month’s meeting on a date for the following month.
THE OPEN MIC: This is a weekly free-for-all where you’re encouraged to bring anything that’s inspiring you at the moment instead of using suggested themes. This event not only draws poets, but also prose writers, musicians, singers and all types of artists. So call your artistic friends and invite them to come with you for an evening of diverse performances to either participate in or simply sit back and enjoy observing.
Be sure to locate JB (John, assistant organizer) when you arrive if you’d like a turn at the mic, and identify yourself as a new member of the Meetup group. He’ll get you signed up on the performer’s list and can answer any questions that you may have. If you have any specific questions ahead of time about the Open Mic please go to JB’s Meetup profile and click on the ‘Email Me’ link to contact him directly.
EVERYTHING ELSE: Check the calendar periodically, as we try to post some poetic events happening around St. Louis that you may find interesting. And if you know of an event that our members may like to hear about then please either send the group organizer an email by going to the ‘Organized By’ (currently GreyEyes) Meetup profile and clicking on the ‘Email Me’ link so that they can post it on the calendar. Or you can post the info yourself on the group’s message board by choosing the ‘Start A New Discussion’ link once on the message board tab of our group’s site.
A weekly reminder email for the Open Mic goes out to all members who are signed up to receive messages from the site. More emails are automatically sent to all members who are signed up to receive messages from the site when the monthly meeting is posted on the calendar, just before that meeting as an automated reminder and then the day prior to the meeting with the address/info – but this last one only goes out to all who have RSVP’d Yes or Maybe. If you don’t wish to receive emails you can change the settings on your account to block these reminders. However, if you block emails from your account then we’ll be unable to send you the meeting address and info. So if you choose this option you’ll need to send an email to the organizer which displays your personal email address so that they can respond directly to your email account and bypass the Meetup site with the necessary info which you’ll need to attend the event.
If you have any specific questions or comments please always feel free to contact the organizer by emailing through the site. This is YOUR group and your thoughts/opinions count. So don’t hesitate to reach out and express yourself!
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