Virtual: Second Thursday Open Mic
Let's stay home and still enjoy poetry! Cindy Huyser is hosting and the e-mail address for Zoom
contact info is (as you know) firstname.lastname@example.org .
This month's feature will be Nicole Brogdon and Juliana Maldonado
Nicole Brogdon is a therapist and a writer living in Austin Texas. She graduated from Rice University with honors and earned an MA in creative writing from the University of Houston on a Barthelme writing fellowship. For fifteen years she worked as a writer in the schools, as adjunct English faculty at Houston Community College, and as a free-lance editor and writer. Later she acquired a Masters in counseling from St Edward's University. Currently she works as a psychotherapist (a Licensed Professional Counselor, as well as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist), specializing in trauma, attachment, creativity, and multicultural issues. She has worked with all kinds of admirable strugglers, from torture survivors to musicians to couples. Married for 28 years to an Iranian doctor, the two have a grown daughter. Nicole likes poetry, sudden fiction, live music, and making objects with her hands. Nicole believes that her lifelong work has been connected under the umbrella of helping people to tell their stories. As one of her favorite poets, William Matthews, wrote:
There’s no truth about your childhood, though there’s a story, yours to tend, like a fire or garden. Make it a good one, since you’ll have to live it out, and all its revisions, so long as you all shall live....
Juliana Maldonado is a poet who found her voice through Book Woman and the wonderful Cindy Huyser's open mics. She is ever striving to celebrate her mixed Chicana heritage and all things that make her soul sing. She is published in the ACC literary periodical The Rio Review and has featured at Malvern's I Scream Social. She can only be found in person, so listen while you can!
A round-robin style open mic follows the feature. Have poems to share!