Open Mic Nyte

Your humble host speaks as the July 2017 guest artist at Open Mic Nyte.
Your humble host speaks as the July 2017 guest artist at Open Mic Nyte.
A singer/guitarist performs for the Open Mic Nyte crowd.
A singer/guitarist performs for the Open Mic Nyte crowd.

I’ve always had a soft spot for the café culture. Artists and Bohemians like Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac seemed to lead lives of densely-layered creativity. For similar reasons, I’ve always been interested in getting together with fellow writers and poets, to share and compare and express. One result of these interests is the formation of various writing groups over the years: in 1980, in 1992, and in 2000.

Open Mic Nyte participants listen as a poet reads a manuscript from 1982.
Open Mic Nyte participants listen as a poet reads a manuscript from 1982.

So when I was recently invited to join a social media group called Open Mic Nyte, I didn’t hesitate, and in June 2017 I attended my first session.

Guest share a laugh at Open Mic Nyte.
Guest share a laugh at Open Mic Nyte.

Though many people recognized me as Richard the news photographer, I told them I was just Richard.

Open Mic Nyte co-founder Sterling Jacobs recites one of his rhymes.
Open Mic Nyte co-founder Sterling Jacobs recites one of his rhymes.

One thing Open Mic Nyte co-founder (along with Steve Brogdon and Lisa M. Pyre) Sterling Jacobs emphasized is vulnerability and its value in situations like this; the willingness to be emotionally vulnerable is indispensable in expressing yourself.

I make a picture in the Open Mic Nyte live stream with event co-founder Steve Brogdon.
I make a picture in the Open Mic Nyte live stream with event co-founder Steve Brogdon.
Open Mic Nyte regular Darice Strickland is shown on my tablet as I broadcast in July 2017.
Open Mic Nyte regular Darice Strickland is shown on my tablet as I broadcast in July 2017.
Rhonda Ragsdale, pen name Lisa M. Pyre, speaks at Open Mic Nyte in July 2017. Ragsdale was the original founder of this event.
Rhonda Ragsdale, pen name Lisa M. Pyre, speaks at Open Mic Nyte in July 2017. Ragsdale was the original founder of this event.
Mackenzie Crosby warms up as she prepares to play her guitar at Open Mic Nyte in July 2017.
Mackenzie Crosby warms up as she prepares to play her guitar at Open Mic Nyte in July 2017.

You can see more images from Open Mic Nyte in the photos section of its Facebook page (link).

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7 Comments

  1. I’m so glad that you have joined this subversive little group…I love your contrubution and look froward to hearing what else you might share. Thanks for giving Open Mic Nyte some press!!
    #lisampyre

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  2. Those shots taken with the 85mm are phenomenal! It is one of my favorite lenses, too. Love the selective focus and nice wide aperture. Pairing this with my 10-24mm wide angle is a great way to cover almost any assignment.

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