Arts Commission serves Poetry & Prose on Tap at brewhouse

December 20, 2011

By Warren Kagarise

The menu at the Issaquah Brewhouse is going to include something different on tap in January.

The municipal Arts Commission is poised to unveil Poetry & Prose on Tap, a regular open-mic series for local poets and writers.

Commissioner Scoop Cox said the series is meant to showcase the talent in the community. The series debuts Jan. 17.

If you go

Poetry & Prose on Tap

  • Starts Jan. 17
  • 6:30 p.m. sign-ups begin
  • 7 p.m. readings begin
  • Issaquah Brewhouse
  • 35 W. Sunset Way
  • Free

“I’ve been involved in the arts in one aspect or another for a long, long time” — and a lifelong interest in poetry made the Poetry & Prose on Tap series a natural fit, Cox said.

Commissioners used to hold open-mic nights at Vino Bella, but officials discontinued the series and the space has since been reshaped into a restaurant. Still, community members remained interested in reviving the program.

Cox attended a poetry slam at Skyline High School last month and left impressed by the teenage poets participating in the event.

“That was pretty cool, that there were that many young people there who were demonstrating an interest in poetry,” he said.

Commissioners designed the upcoming brewhouse series to appeal to all ages. In addition, the brewhouse is not limited to patrons 21 and older, so commissioners said the venue could attract a crowd more diverse in age.

The brewhouse is donating the space to Poetry & Prose on Tap and, aside from some minor costs to produce posters, the city is putting on the event at no cost.

“It’s something that I thought would be a good fit,” Cox said.

Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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