1. The Calendar!
A great resource and really the central skill of MN Mic. Great for folks who want to know what’s going on in Minnesota Spoken Word, great for spoken word artists who want people to know it’s happening. How does it work? It’s just a google calendar that I compile from events that spoken word artists send to me via email (cole.sarar at gmail dot com) or via facebook event (we’ll get to that later). I update it a couple times a week, it’s always right there on the right side of the MN Mic webpage- Calendar of Events.
2. The facebook group. Are you on facebook? Would you mind getting an email from me twice a week, letting you know when the blog post is up and what events are going on in the next week or so, with links to the facebook events? Or do you have a facebook event you want to promote to folks? Join the facebook group- facebook is a great networking resource for all of us.
3. The Spoken Word Artists Page.
Are you a spoken word artist? Do you have a website? If you’ve answered both of those questions with a “Yes”, then you should email me a short (50 words or less) bio and a link to your website. When I started MN Mic, I really only knew some slam poets- but obviously, Minnesota has more to offer in terms of Spoken Word than only Slam- get me your short bio, and I’ll put it up. Are you looking for spoken word performers to be a part of your show/festival/education programming? Hopefully there will be a wealth of performers listed on the Bios page eventually, so you can research and find the performer(s) who is/are best for your needs.
4. Guest bloggers and photographers. You all know *I* don’t get paid for this, but this project is my baby, so it’s my labor of love. My guest bloggers and photographers *also* do not get paid for their hours of work. These have been performers from Minnesota’s spoken word scenes and photographers who are my friends from outside spoken word scenes, or friends of the guest bloggers. A lot of work goes into making a good blog post- these people are amazing and deserve our love and applause. This is, unfortunately, a resource MN Mic is not yet “rich” in. Do you go out to spoken word events? Do you think you could have fun writing a blog post about something you see? Contact me- tell me what event you want to cover, and I’ll give you the basic guidelines for posts here. I know I’m not hitting all the spoken word scenes in town- you could help MN Mic represent more of the twin cities’ spoken word scenes.
MN Mic is still super young- we started in early December of 2008, and elbow grease and good communication is what’s got us this far. Be an active part of the blog- the more you keep me in the know, and give me feedback, the more MN Mic can tie together the Minnesota spoken word community, and help support and promote it. -Cole