Wordier Than Thou

Storytelling open mics. Literary events. A social network for authors, readers and word enthusiasts.


Banned Books Burlesque Bake Sale
Jan
23
8:00 PM20:00

Banned Books Burlesque Bake Sale

Join us Saturday, Jan. 23, 8 to 11 p.m., for our Banned Books Burlesque Bake Sale at Old Key West Bar & Grill, 2451 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

There will be a burlesque show at 9 p.m. featuring: Ruby Vesper, Vita DeVoid, and Tila Topaz.

Baked goods will be available for purchase throughout the night. We're also looking for folks to volunteer their baking skills for the bake sale.

Pre-sale tickets are $15 preferred seating ($20 at the door) and $10 standing room ($15 at the door).

There are also two VIP tables for 2 for $150, which includes a bottle of champagne, and one VIP table for 4 for $200, which includes two bottles of champagne.

Proceeds will help our full cast of performers travel to the Deckle Edge festival in South Carolina with our banned books-themed burlesque show.

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Banned Books Burlesque Revue
Sep
26
to Sep 27

Banned Books Burlesque Revue

Wordier Than Thou and Exquisite Entertainers want to take you on a journey through a variety of banned publications. We will be doing that through live burlesque interpretations of a few banned books through history, including the Harry Potter series, 1984 and The Outsiders.

Tickets:

$15 pre-sale (they can be purchased online here)
$20 at the door

Beer and wine will be available for a donation.

This is an 18+ event!

Featured Performers:
Franki Markstone
Candy Muldune 
Tila Topaz
Vita DeVoid
Ruby Vesper
Cherry Von Topp

And your host Mayven Missbehavin' 

But really, banned books and burlesque. The perfect combination, right?

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Gainesville: Storytelling & Prose Open Mic
Jun
18
6:30 PM18:30

Gainesville: Storytelling & Prose Open Mic

We're excited to bring our unique open mic to Gainesville! 

Our open mic focuses on storytelling and fiction – no poetry or music. So come share your finest prose, or if you're just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from area wordsmiths.

Readings will begin around 6:30 p.m.

A featured reader will kick off the night, followed by open mic slots. Open mic readers get 10 minutes and will be timed. We encourage all readers to stay to the end and support everyone who signs up to share their work.

This month's featured readers are TBA.

Writers: please remember this is a family-friendly venue and children might be in the audience.

Suggested $5 donation at the door.

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Adult spelling bee
Jun
10
7:00 PM19:00

Adult spelling bee

Why should kids get all the fun? Ten adult teams will battle it out to determine the best spellers in the area during this fundraiser for The Literacy Council of St. Petersburg.

Teams must have two to four members. Theatricality encouraged. Registration cost is $75 and teams can register here.

The competition consists of 11 rounds of 10 words. At the end of each round, the team with the lowest number of points is eliminated. Words spelled correctly earn a team 3 points, and they lose 1 point for each incorrect word.

Teams can also collect donations for the Literacy Council ahead of the event. The team that collects the most donations will get one free pass into the next round.

The Stand-Up Librarian Meredith Myers will host the event.

This evening will also include snacks, music and a raffle featuring items from local businesses and authors.

Tickets to come watch the spelling bee are $7 per person in advance and $10 at the door.

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Wordier Than Thou presents: Shane Hinton & Jeff Parker
May
29
7:00 PM19:00

Wordier Than Thou presents: Shane Hinton & Jeff Parker

We're excited to team up with Functionally Literate for the first Func Lit Florida Tour.

Shane Hinton, whose debut story collection, "Pinkies," is being released by Burrow Pres, and Jeff Parker, author of "Where Bears Roam the Streets," will read and sign their books.

Wine and beer will be available for sale,

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Orlando: Storytelling & Prose Open Mic
May
27
7:00 PM19:00

Orlando: Storytelling & Prose Open Mic

This unique open mic focuses on storytelling and fiction -- no poetry or music. So come share your finest prose, or if you're just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from our area's wordsmiths.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Readings will begin around 7 p.m.

Featured readers will kick off the night, followed by open mic slots. Open mic readers get 10 minutes and will be timed. We encourage all readers to stay to the end and support everyone who signs up to share their work.

This month's featured readers are Pat Spears and Glenda Bailey-Mershon.

Pat’s fiction has been published in the North American Review, Appalachian Heritage, Common Lives Lesbian Lives, Seven Hills Review, Habersham Review and the anthologies Bridges and Borders and Saints & Sinners: New Fiction from the Festival 2012. Her short fiction is also forthcoming in Snake Nation Review and the anthology titled "Crimes and Misdemeanors" scheduled for publication in June 2014 by Main Street Rag.

Her short story “Whelping” was a finalist for the 2013 Rash Award, and her story “Stranger at My Door” received honorable mention in the 2013 Lorian Hemingway Short Story competition. Her debut novel, Dream Chaser was released in 2014, and a collection of her short stories, "More of There and Less of Here," comes out this year. In 2009, she was nominated for a United States Artists Grant.

Glenda Bailey-Mershon is an American poet, essayist, novelist, cultural historian, and human rights activist. Born in Upstate South Carolina to a family with roots in the Southern Appalachians, she has explored in poetry and fiction her European, Native American, and Romani heritage. Her published works include the novel, "Eve's Garden"; "Bird Talk: Poems"; "saconige/blue smoke: Poems from the Southern Appalachians"; "A History of the American Women's Movement: A Study Guide", and four volumes as editor of the Jane's Stories anthologies by women writers, including "Jane's Stories IV: Bridges and Borders" (Jane's Stories, 2013), which includes work by women in conflicts around the world.

Her first novel, "Eve's Garden", is the story of three generations of women from a rural North Georgia family who cope with being outsiders in a harsh social environment by clinging to friendships and family. It was published in September 2014 by Twisted Road Publications.

Glenda has been a finalist in Our Stories fiction contest; featured author at the Illinois Book Fair; and a grant recipient from both the Illinois and Florida Humanities Councils as well as the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. 

Suggested $5 donation at the door.

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Sarasota: Storytelling & Prose Open Mic
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

Sarasota: Storytelling & Prose Open Mic

This unique open mic focuses on storytelling and fiction -- no poetry or music. So come share your finest prose, or if you're just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from our area's wordsmiths.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Readings will begin around 7 p.m.

Featured readers will kick off the night, followed by open mic slots. Open mic readers get 10 minutes and will be timed. We encourage all readers to stay to the end and support everyone who signs up to share their work.

This month's featured readers are Darlyn Finch Kuhn, author of Sewing Holes, and essayist M.C. Coolidge.

In addition to her two poetry collections (Red Wax Rose and Three Houses), Darlyn's work has appeared in literary journals, newspapers, magazines and online. Her poems have been featured on Poetic Logic on the local NPR affiliate, and have been read by Garrison Keillor on the Writers Almanac. She was interviewed on World Radio Paris. Kuhn is the eponymous “Scribbler,” of the Scribbles literary e-newsletter. She produces book trailer videos with her husband at Brad Kuhn & Associates in Orlando, Florida. Her debut novel, Sewing Holes, is available now from Twisted Road Publications, amazon.com, and wherever books are sold.

M.C. Coolidge is a freelance writer, editor, and public relations consultant based in Sarasota, Florida, with clients in her hometown and beyond. Her weekly newspaper column, Sense and the City, appeared each Thursday in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune from 2011 to mid-2012, and her opinion essays have appeared in the Op/Ed pages of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Tribune, and Bradenton Herald, among others.

She was the recipient of a 2008 Florida Press Award for humor column-writing and has won numerous “best of” awards from local magazines and newspapers.

Since 2006, Coolidge has conducted annual fundraising through her print columns and online readership to benefit the All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota, helping collect nearly $14,000 to date.

From 2006 to 2008, Coolidge penned a weekly newspaper column titled “Reality Chick” for the Pelican Press newspaper. Select columns from that period were published in her 2008 book, Sideways in Sarasota.

Suggested $5 donation at the door.

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Tampa: Storytelling & Prose Open Mic
May
20
7:00 PM19:00

Tampa: Storytelling & Prose Open Mic

We're excited to bring our unique open mic to Cigar City Cider & Mead in the heart of Ybor City!

Our open mic focuses on storytelling and fiction – no poetry or music. So come share your finest prose, or if you're just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from our area's wordsmiths.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Readings will begin around 7:30 p.m.

A featured reader will kick off the night, followed by open mic slots. Open mic readers get 10 minutes and will be timed. We encourage all readers to stay to the end and support everyone who signs up to share their work.

This month's featured readers are TBA.

Suggested $5 donation at the door.

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St. Petersburg: Storytelling & Prose Open Mic
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

St. Petersburg: Storytelling & Prose Open Mic

This unique open mic focuses on storytelling and fiction -- no poetry or music. So come share your finest prose, or if you're just in the mood for listening, catch some tales from our area's wordsmiths.

Readings will begin around 7 p.m. Sign-up begins at 6:30 p.m.

A featured reader will kick off the night, followed by open mic slots. Open mic readers get 10 minutes and will be timed. We encourage all readers to stay to the end and support everyone who signs up to share their work.

This month's featured reader is Dr. David Edmonds.

Edmonds, who recently released Lily of Peru, is a former Marine, Peace Corps volunteer, senior Fulbright professor of economics, academic dean, and U.S. government official with long experience in Peru and other countries in Latin America. He’s the author, editor or ghostwriter of seven other books, including the award-winning Yankee Autumn in Acadiana: a Narrative of the Great Texas Overland Expedition Through Southwestern Louisiana October - December 1863.

He grew up in Louisiana and Mississippi, and studied at L.S.U., Notre Dame, Georgetown, George Washington and American University. He currently lives in Florida with his wife, Maria.


Suggested $5 donation at the door.

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Wordier Than Thou presents Fiction, LIVE!
Mar
10
7:00 PM19:00

Wordier Than Thou presents Fiction, LIVE!

Wordier Than Thou presents the second Fiction, LIVE! This event teams up Tampa Bay area actors and authors – the writers submit short stories, while actors bring them to life on stage.

Cost: $10 in advance; $12 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Project: Shattered Silence, a teen theater project based on sharing true stories. 

Tickets can be purchased online here.

This event is part of the SunLit Festival.

Writers: We're accepting short story submissions or excerpts from longer works through Feb. 10. Stories/excerpts should be about 15 minutes long when read/performed.

Email submissions to wordierthanthou@gmail.com. The actors will select the pieces they want to read.

Actors signed up to read:

David Warner
Rick Stutzel
Cindy Stovall
Mary Rachel Dudley
Andresia RealshtzPoet
Elizabeth Fendrick
Skyla Dawn Luckey
Jan Neuberger
Larry Bukovey

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Tampa Bay After Party
Nov
15
to Nov 16

Tampa Bay After Party

Tables available for local authors, organizations and vendors for a $10 donation. There will be a Lucha Libro exhibition match, Great Literary Mad Libs, performances by the Stand-up Librarian Meredith Myers and Y Los Dos Pistoles, an open mic, music, raffles and more.

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Florida Bookstore Day
Nov
15
8:00 AM08:00

Florida Bookstore Day

The inaugural Florida Bookstore Day will be a day-long event celebrating independent and used bookstores, local authors and small presses in various cities throughout the Sunshine State. The concept is mirrored after the popular Record Store Day, which promotes indie music shops across the globe.

We’re organizing events at several independently-owned stores throughout Florida.

Events can vary from store to store and will include:
• Readings by local authors
• Local authors’ fair
• Book signings
• Book releases
• Panels
• Open mics
• Workshops

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