Open Mic: Featuring Shawnte Orion

Interested in transforming waves of sound into variations of electrical energy? I know: Who isn’t? Thankfully, GCC has us covered. Soon, GCC will be hosting an event involving microphones. These microphones will be of the open variety (we tried the closed variety, but testing proved unfavorable). Bring your poems, your short fiction, your short nonfiction, your creativity (short is optional here) and share any or all of it with an audience of listeners eager to experience the transformation of sound waves into electrical energy.

In addition to the Open Mic, we will also have Shawnte Orion as the featured reader. The longtime MC of these readings, Shawnte returns to share much of his own work. So, come read, come listen, and come support creative writing in the community.

  • When: Wednesday, September 21st from 7:00 to 9:30PM.
  • Where: GCC Main Campus, SU104.
  • Why: Because it will make your neighbors jealous.


Shawnte Orion has published a recent book of poetry The Existentialist Cookbook (NYQBooks) and a new chapbook Faithful as the Ground (Five Oaks Press). His poems have appeared in The Threepenny Review, Barrelhouse, Gargoyle Magazine, and New York Quarterly. He has been invited to read at bookstores, bars, universities, hair salons, museums, and laundromats.

Shawnte’s home on the web can be found at


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