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Open Mic in Maplewood, On The Mic at The Rack

Incandescent bulbs hang over a small stage set-up with a mic, and the only other light comes from the tabletop tea candles and a single strand of white Christmas lights along the wall. There are several couches and armchairs, and the sweet odor of marijuana stuck to a patron’s winter jacket blends with the aroma of fried catfish, which is the evening’s kitchen special. This is The Rack, a café and social space in Maplewood, NJ. For almost two years now they’ve been hosting On The Mic, an open mic event held Friday nights. Continue reading “Open Mic in Maplewood, On The Mic at The Rack”


NJ’s Independent Bookstores Bolster Communities

You can download your books from Amazon, you can get your books from Barnes & Noble, or you can walk downtown to a local independent bookseller and find yourself surrounded by excellent people loving the same books as

Bookstores aren’t just rows of shelves, they’re third spaces – those places outside of home and work where we congregate, socialize, hangout. These characteristics are found in all the great bookstores, and can be found here in NJ, too. Continue reading “NJ’s Independent Bookstores Bolster Communities”

Colonization of the Eye: A Princeton Discussion by Poets

Last Wednesday, poet Natalie Diaz hosted Colonization of the Eye: A Troubling of Identity, Performance, and Projection, at the Lewis Center for the Arts in Princeton, NJ. The guest poets were Christian Campbell, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, and Roger Reeves.

The discussion focused on how stereotypes and preconceived notions can affect the ways in which people experience literature, poetry, and art. The guests took turns presenting their works and addressing the subject, and answered questions from the audience. Continue reading “Colonization of the Eye: A Princeton Discussion by Poets”

Morristown Festival of Books Is Bigger Than Ever

mfob-posterThe Morristown Festival of Books is ready to welcome 40 authors and a crowd of thousands with a keynote address Friday night by Sebastian Junger, best-selling author of Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging.

The keynote address is set to being at 7:30pm at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ. The address is expected to fill the Art Center’s 1300 seats. Continue reading “Morristown Festival of Books Is Bigger Than Ever”

Halfway There Reading Series Kicks Off Its Second Year

The Red Eye Cafe in Montclair, NJ was filled last night as The Halfway There Reading Series kicked-off its second season with four writers whose styles were as diverse as their material. Continue reading “Halfway There Reading Series Kicks Off Its Second Year”

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