Live poet’s society

January 26, 2009

Nancy Talley introduces the crowd to the first Open Mic Poetry Readings at Vino Bella Wine and Espresso Bar. By Jeff Richards

Nancy Talley introduces the crowd to the first Open Mic Poetry Readings at Vino Bella Wine and Espresso Bar. By Jeff Richards

“A coward dies a thousand deaths.”

The night began with an empty chair and a microphone, but one by one, some of Issaquah’s writers, thinkers and observers came to the stage to bare their thoughts and feelings to the crowd in the form of poetry.

“It is an act of personal courage, and anyone who doesn’t understand that needs to try it,” Nancy Talley said. “Poetry is about a multitude of voices, and when you put together the multitude of voices, it’s a great joy to hear.”

The would-be poets gathered Jan. 20 for the first Open Mic Poetry Readings at Vino Bella Wine and Espresso Bar. Talley, who hosted the event, formulated the idea.

The night brought together six writers, including Talley, who read their works to an unusually packed Tuesday night crowd. Read more

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