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Open mic returns to Eureka Inn

Staff Reports • May 2, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Spoken Word Open Mic returns to the Historic Eureka Inn with special guest host, Jimmy Neil Smith, founder of the International Storytelling Center and the National Storytelling Festival. Smith will be joined by co-host and executive producer, David Joe Miller, founder of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild.

This May 8 open mic will be dedicated as "Founders Night," in celebration of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild's 25th anniversary. Anyone can sign up to tell a ten minute story, recite a ten minute poem or read ten minutes of their written work in front of our live audience. Sign up begins at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show at 127 W. Main St. in downtown Jonesborough. If the weather permits, the event will be held outdoors in the courtyard, otherwise it will take place in the parlor.

“The importance that I found,” said Miller, over the phone, “comes directly from the audience. When I started over here in Asheville, my audience with my regular shows wanted an event where anyone can get on stage and tell a story, maybe an amateur poet or amateur writer, maybe someone that is interested but doesn't have the opportunity to get on stage and share their words. I think that it is important to give them that opportunity. What the open mic does is afford them a platform.”

Spoken Word Open Mic originated in Asheville, North Carolina, in early 2015 when Miller began producing storytelling and poetry shows at New Mountain SOL Bar. The audience requested an open mic format where anyone could take the stage, grab the mic and tell a story or recite a poem to a supportive and enthusiastic audience. These spoken word open mic formats have continued almost monthly in both Asheville and Jonesborough.

The show is best suited for participants and audience ages 16 years of age or older, due to possible adult content of the stories and poetry. There is never a theme, never any competition and never any censorship. The open mic will continue on the second Wednesday of each month, is always free and sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. David Joe Miller of Asheville. For more information please visit storytellingcalendar.com.

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