Wordier Than Thou

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

Back to All Events

Sarasota: Storytelling & Prose Open Mic

  • Fogartyville Community Center 525 Kumquat Ct Sarasota, FL, 34236 United States (map)

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.