Sequim open-mic reading, poetry deadline both arrive this Friday

SEQUIM — An entire evening of open-mic readings is set for this week as Writers on the Spit, the local writing group, hosts another Fourth Friday Reading.

Admission is free to this 6:30 p.m. gathering, while all writers of poetry, fiction and memoir are encouraged to sign up for a five-minute reading at The Lodge, 660 Evergreen Farm Way. That’s just off North Fifth Avenue.

Writers and listeners might want to arrive early to purchase a snack or beverage at The Lodge’s Bistro.

Writers’ names are drawn randomly for their positions in the reading order.

The readings are timed to be no longer than five minutes, so writers are asked to rehearse them in advance.

Guidelines are available by emailing coordinator Ruth Marcus at [email protected].

These monthly readings are diverse gatherings, said Marcus; they’re a way to meet writers from around the North Olympic Peninsula.

Marcus is also an organizer of the Rainshadow Poetry Competition, a contest open to poets of all ages in Clallam and Jefferson counties. The deadline to submit up to three poems is this Friday.

For details on entering, see www.rainshadowpoetry.com.

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Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at [email protected]

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