Fitchburg Historical Society Hosting Open Mic for Poets, Other Writers
FITCHBURG -- The Historical Society will open its doors to the city’s writers and poetry lovers on Thursday, April 11, when it will present a Community Open Mic Night at its headquarters at 781 Main St.
The Open Mic is being organized by Fitchburg High School English teacher Megan Normandin, who leads the Red Poets’ Society Poetry Club, which features regular open mic readings by the school’s writers. At the Historical Society event, both Fitchburg students and members of the general public will sign up to read their poetry or other writing, for up to three minutes each.
As part of this event, actors from a local theater company, The Forge Theater Lab, will be reading scenes from the new play “The Lowell Offering” by Andy Bayiates and Genevra Gallo-Bayiates.
The scenes will be read by Sharon Bernard, Samantha deManbey, Nina DiRusso, and Kayla Schenk.
“The Lowell Offering” tells the story of Sarah Bagley and Harriet Curtis, two “mill girls” in 1840s Lowell who became friends while working together to publish the wildly popular magazine “The Lowell Offering,” then became bitter rivals. This play is in development to be performed at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in the fall.
Historical Society Executive Director Susan Navarre will read from poems written by Fitchburg poets whose work is included in the Society’s collection. Other Historical Society volunteers will also share favorite verses from past Fitchburg writers.
Sign-ups will begin at 6 p.m., and the readings will begin at 6:30 p.m. There will also be refreshments and opportunities for the participants to chat and socialize both after the program, which will end at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Organizer Megan Normandin is a Fitchburg native and graduate of the University of Massachusetts and Fitchburg State University. She has taught in the Fitchburg Public Schools for nearly two decades. She has published in the literary journal Jabberwocky, has been the editor of the Reader’s Review of YA Literature, and has read her own work in many poetry slams and open mic nights. Normandin has organized the Red Poets’ Society Poetry Club at Fitchburg High School for two years.
The Forge Theater Lab, founded in 2018, helps develop new plays by alumni of Fitchburg State University. “The Lowell Offering” will be performed as a staged reading in Fitchburg on June 15, then premiere at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell next season.
For more information on the Fitchburg Historical Society and Open Mic, call 978-345-1157, write firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.facebook.com/FitchburgHistoricalSociety .
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