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    The Mic at Micky’s WeHo is Hosting Literary Festival and $500 Slam Competition

    The Mic, a Tuesday night open mic event at Micky’s WeHo, located at 8857 Santa Monica Boulevard, is hosting a literary festival and poetry slam, curated by the City of West Hollywood Poet Laureate.

    The literary festival began this week on Tuesday, August 4, 2022. It will feature a different local Los Angeles-based publisher and a selection of their LGBTQ+ authors and poets each week. The public will have a chance to meet published authors and editors, get signed books, and learn about exciting new queer voices as well as the ins and outs of the publishing industry.

    The open mic will proceed as usual after the featured readings – anyone can sign up for a 3-minute slot (first come first serve) to share poetry, stories, music, comedy, and assorted shenanigans and/or hootenanny.

    On September 6th, Mickys will host its first ever poetry slam, a competition with a cash prize of $500. Competitors must bring 3 poems of no more than 3 minutes each, competing in 3 rounds with special guest judges. Email [email protected] if interested in competing, limit 8 slots.

    The following presses’ writers will feature on the following dates:

    August 23 Moon Tide Press

    September 6 SLAM NIGHT

    September 13 Red Hen Press

    In addition to featuring authors from these presses, Mickys will keep a copy of each writers work to build a library of local LGBTQ+ & ally literature, which will be available at The Mic every Tuesday.



    The Mic at Mickys (dubbed by the LA Times as Prides hottest new club”) is a space for creatives to gather, collaborate, and share their work every Tuesday night. Located in the heart of one of LA’s oldest gay clubs, this space promises connection and community for folks across the LGBTQ+ spectrum (and allies!) before the untz untz starts.

    West Hollywood bills itself as the creative city,” and the goal of The Mic is to create a space where local creatives, from poets to musicians to live painters, can express themselves and work on their craft in community.

    Hosted by Brian Sonia-Wallace and Nate Lovell, with DJ Paolo and bartender Michael Vega, and produced by Micky’s manager Tony Velovski.


    West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Brian Sonia-Wallace is an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow for LGBTQ+ poetry activism, and the author of The Poetry of Strangers: What I Learned Traveling America with a Typewriter (Harper Collins, 2020). His work has appeared in Poets.org, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian, and he teaches at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. More at briansoniawallace.com and @rentpoet.

    For the last 33 years, Micky’s WeHo has produced live events from cabaret shows to full-on concerts by LGBTQ community groups. The bar is the proud home of Showgirls with Morgan McMichaels, a Weho staple on Monday nights, as well as host Cake Moss’ popular Bring It To Brunch! Dragstravaganza on Saturdays at 1pm. Mickys is always excited at the prospect of working with talented community members who share a passion for live performance and expression.

    The Mic @ Mickys happens every Tuesday upstairs at Mickys on 8857 Santa Monica Boulevard — doors and sign-ups for the mic at 6, show 7-9pm. Attendees can book their seat by visiting https://www.mickys.com/tc-event-category/the-mic/, and talents wishing to perform should register on https://www.mickys.com/events-and-news/open-mic/.

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    1 year ago

    Had an awesome first night of the festival! Can’t wait for next week

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