For budding writers living in northeast, PA, there is a chance to share your work with a broader audience through two newish open mics in the area. The first open mic I want to mention takes place the fourth Wednesday of every month at Library Express in the Steamtown Mall at Scranton. I used to host this, but my teaching schedule prevented me from continuing to do so. However, local poet Scott Thomas has stepped in and revived it, so make sure to check it out. The next one will be in April.
The other open mic I want to mention takes place the fourth Friday of each month at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. Unlike the Library Express open mic, this one also features music. Participants are encouraged to get there by 6:30 if you want to sign up for one of the open performance slots. They fill up fast! The series is run by Laurel Radzieski, a Keystone College alum who is currently working on her M.F.A. at Goddard. In June, I will be stepping in and hosting the series for one night, and I will be the featured poet July 26.
Plenty of opportunities are available in the area for young writers. Make sure to make use of them.