Location: Jarrod’s Coffee, Tea & Gallery, 154 W Main St, Mesa, Arizona, 85201
Bring your holiday haikus, Krampus contos, dark carols, solstice sonnets, Chanukah stanzas, Christmas canzones, spoken word sestinas, Kwanzaa tankas, Diwali rondeaus, New Year senryus, Epiphany epigrams, Three Kings quatrains, Festivus terza rimas, or you know, some free verse shenanigans.
New Poem Challenge! Prepare a “cracked Carol” to read! Take your favorite (or not so favorite) holiday song/Carol and fracture and reimagine it as only you can!
White Elephant Exchange: Bring an item that cost you NO money (and you didn’t make) – something you found, something you were given – we’ll do some kind of ridiculous exchange and be sure to send you home with something even less valuable than when you showed up (I’m looking at you, Snooki Ornament).
Join us for an open mic and our July feature, Jonathan Oak!
Boy golly, it’s hot outside. We know that. You’d think the constant calefaction we experience every day is enough of a reminder. But no. You have to talk about it!
Well, bring your mid-summer fever dreams, your hot-takes, your barely-humid literary spit, your scalding burns, and your thoroughly baked-and-heated-to-an-internal-temperature-of-165-degrees-for-at-least-three-minutes-poetry.
We like cool places. We like cool people, we like to hear new voices. Come join us in July for our Third Thursday poetry reading — open mic! Bring your poetry and spoken word pieces that you’ve been working on to read for a fantastic group of people. We’ll see you there!
Join District 4 for a beautiful evening with local poet and artist Melissa Dunmore! Melissa Dunmore is an Afro-Boricua was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and transplanted to Phoenix, Arizona where she studied at Arizona State University. She is a performing artist and producer for Mujeres del Sol , a collective of women and girls in the arts. Dunmore’s bilingual poetry has been published by Mujeres de Maiz, Fem Static, and St. Sucia, as well as in a forthcoming anthology, Song of Yemaya.
Bring your friends, family and co-workers to the sweetest venue- Jarrod’s Coffee, Tea and Gallery. Pop up bookstore by Bonny Books will have hot titles and books by local poets and authors. As always, they will have a limited open mic prior to the feature. Come early to secure your spot on the sign up sheet, a beverage, and seat!
On Thursday May 18 from 7-9PM, District 4 will be hosting An Evening of Nerdy Poetry, Featuring the nationally touring slam poet, The Klute. Get a head start on Phoenix Comic-con with poems themed with sci-fi, comics, video games, and more. Learn about nerd poetry history, including the Secret Nerd Poet Council upcoming at this year’s Phoenix Comic-con.
There will be a poetry reading and coffee and snacks will be available for purchase. You could also win your very own sonic screwdriver during the trivia contest.
District 4 meets on the third Thursday of each month at Jarrod’s Coffee, Tea and Gallery at 154 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201. More information can be found on the Facebook event here.