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Word Salad monthly open mic debut at Courtyard & Cellar

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Community Event
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June Melby will be hosting a new monthly open mic at the Courtyard and Cellar.

Every third Wednesday of the month, she invites people to bring in their poetry, or prose, or spoken word and add it to the “Word Salad.”

Unlike the poetry slam, prose or stories are welcome; each person has three minutes onstage. 

Signup is at the door at 6:45 p.m.; the show starts at 7 p.m. The first 20 people to sign up are guaranteed a spot.

There is no cover charge, but one drink or food purchase is suggested.

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Event Time:
7:00 PM

Courtyard & Cellar
421 W Water St
Decorah, IA 52101

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This monthly event will include a segment called “found poetry.” This segment will invite people to read something, like the back of a cereal box, as a poem, appreciating the words of it even if it clearly was never intended to be a poem.
“So you could bring in a grocery list you find lying in the parking lot. A page of abandoned homework from the library wastebasket. Or instructions for assembling some plumbing,” Melby says. She encourages people to “keep their eye out for interesting or unusual wording,” and read it during this segment. 

“As the open mic is called Word Salad, I might call this segment … uh … Foraging,” she adds.

June Melby is the author of My Family and Other Hazards, a memoir about her family’s miniature golf course. As a performance poet, she has been seen at the Knitting Factory and CBGBs in New York, LA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and poetry slams in Munich, Hamburg, Amsterdam and London.

Following the open mic, Tom Misseldine will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. to play classical guitar, as he does every Wednesday at the Courtyard and Cellar.