Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996. She is the author of "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist," winner of a Minnesota Book Award.

'Words at WAM' back for a third time

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel under Author events, Poetry, Readings Updated: August 29, 2013 - 3:00 PM

 

The Weisman Art Museum. Photo by David Joles.

The Weisman Art Museum. Photo by David Joles.

It can get raucous, what with the book-throwing and all. But if you keep to your time limit, you should come out unscathed, and maybe with a bunch of new fans.

 

"Words at WAM," the literary open mic program hosted by Hazel & Wren and WAM Collective, will be back at the Weisman Art Museum on Sept. 18. Sign-up starts at 6 p.m., with readings beginning at 7 p.m. It's first come, first reads, and the whole thing ends at 8:30, so getting there early is probably a good idea.

You can read whatever you like -- your latest love poem, your diary entries, a short story, a few pages of that biography of Ayn Rand you've been working on for the last 15 years -- but you only get four minutes. Four minutes and 30 seconds, with the grace period. After that, prepare to get pelted off the stage by a sea of hurled paperbacks.

Featured readers for the night will be Katie Sisneros and poet Dobby Gibson. And, if you're lucky, you.

 

 

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