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Spoken Word Open Mic Night

May 9, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Findlay Market Biergarten

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This FREE Cincinnati Spoken Word Open Night happens every Thursday and is family-friendly.

This summer, every second Thursday of each month Open Mic Night of spoken word and poetry will be in Findlay Market’s Biergarten. The events will feature local poets from Louder Than A Bomb and from around the city including Cincinnati’s very own Poet Laureate, Manuel Iris (who performs July 11). Mr. Iris is a poet, essay writer, translator, and an educator who has lived in Cincinnati since 2008.


This event is FREE and open to the public. This is a family-friendly event. There are still openings to perform. 


Mr. Iris received the National Award of Poetry Merida (Mexico, 2009) for his book Notebook of Dreams (Cuaderno de los sueños), and the Regional Award of Poetry Rodulfo Figueroa for his book The Disguises of Fire (Los disfraces del fuego) in 2015. This book was considered one of the 10 best poetry books of the year by the newspaper El Norte in Mexico, and was a finalist of the prestigious Latin-American award for published books “Ciudad de la lira” in Cuenca, Ecuador. Iris also coauthored, along with Brazilian poet Floriano Martins, the poetry book Overnight Medley (Brazil, 2014).


Mr. Iris’ poetry has been included in national and international anthologies like Postcard of the Waves: Poets Born in the 80s Colombia-Mexico (Postal del oleaje: poetas nacidos en los 80 Colombia-México), published simultaneously in Mexico and Colombia; Voices of Latin America (Voces de America Latina), For a Better World: Poems of Peace and Justice by Greater Cincinnati Artists, and The Portable Boog Reader 9, an Anthology of Cincinnati and New York Poetry. Recently, three different anthologies of his poetic work were published: The Naked Light (La luz desnuda), in Venezuela; Before the Mystery (Frente al misterio) in El Salvador, and his first bilingual book; Traducir el silencio/Translating Silence, published in New York.


He currently teaches British and World literature at DePaul Cristo Rey High School, where he is also Co-coordinator of the poetry club, and co-coach of the Slam Poetry team. In 2016, his profile was selected to be featured among the top 5 outstanding educators of the City of Cincinnati by Cincy Magazine. An active member of Cincinnati’s poetic scene, Mr. Iris has participated in poetry readings in cultural venues like Chase Public and the Mercantile Library. He is also a member of the Greater Cincinnati Writers League.


Mr. Iris holds a BA in Latin American Literature from the Autonomous University of the Yucatan (Mexico), an MA in Spanish from the New Mexico State University, and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of Cincinnati. His personal blog is www.bufondedios.blogspot.com.


Feel free to join and get on the list to perform! Contact Elementz for more information. 

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Findlay Market Biergarten
Corner of Elm & Elder Streets
Cincinnati, OH 45202 United States
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