Fairfield University doesn’t often hold events for writers to share their work, but on Nov. 8, two clubs have joined forces in order to create an Open Mic Night at 7 p.m. at The Levee.
The Inkwell is a creative writing club on campus that produces a student-run literary magazine. Their co-editors in chief, Katherine Klima ‘20 and Maeve Nowak ‘20 facilitate their club members to write nonfiction, fiction and poetry with a variety of prompts. The Inkwell has an upcoming horror themed issue for the spooky season. The Inkwell will work with Performing for Change, an organization on campus that uses their art to speak out against social injustice. Performing for Change is run by club president, Aarushi Vijay ‘22. They have a performance every semester that includes everything from acting, singing, dancing, poetry, spoken word and so many more.
At the Open Mic Night, students will read their writing to the room in a casual, comfortable setting. It’s the perfect place for writers of all genres to spend their evening.
“We felt that Fairfield didn’t have an Open Mic Night where all its creative people can come together and enjoy a night of sharing and listening to wonderful pieces,” Vijay wrote in an email.
The Inkwell and PFC are looking for submissions for the Open Mic Night. If you are interested in submitted, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no specific topic or theme for the night, so all genres are accepted. The best works to submit, as they will be read aloud, are shorter like poetry or prose up to two pages.
“I’m going to submit a poem I wrote,” Nowak said, “It’s a love poem about my long distance relationship.”
If you don’t think you have the guts to go up and read your own work, the Inkwell and PFC still encourage you to participate. The Inkwell executive board is happy to do it for you. You could also submit your work anonymously if that makes you more comfortable.
For a night of creativity and fun, stop by the Levee and enjoy what the students of Fairfield University have to offer. The Open Mic Night is a good way to get your writing out there and appreciated and support fellow creative minds.
“You can sit by the Levee’s fireplace and listen to some great writing while spending time with friends,” Nowak said, “Besides, what else are you going to do on a Friday night?”
Editor’s Note: Katherine Klima ‘20 is the Executive Editor of The Mirror.