Alex Krib and Julian Jaster performs at ROTA Gallery’s Open Mic Poetry Night on Aug. 15. Photos provided by Exhibition Coordinator at ROTA, Kaitlyn Donovan.
continued Ostuni said at each OMPN, the featured poet begins the night reading or performing then turns the mic over to the artists in attendance.
“There are so many amazing poets, artists and musicians, when I look for our featured poet I look for someone who is really comfortable with their work and are very open to reciting it,” Ostuni said.
Ostuni said the featured performers are chosen for their electricity and ability to provide a solid gamut of performance material and their ability to hold the attention of the crowd.
“People have three chances to read or perform when they come in,” Ostuni said. “Our featured artists definitely bring people through the door and help inspire the other artists, there are so many amazing poets, artists and musicians in the area and at first when they come to an OMPN they might not be comfortable with their work to read it.”
“The great thing about not just OMPN but ROTA is that it is a home for empowering local artists,” Ostuni said.
Artists who have never read their work or shown it to the world are offered the opportunity at ROTA. Ostuni said by going to the OMPN artists can become inspired like he was to become involved and display his work to the public.
“I myself was shy about showing my pieces at first and never really read them before people and I certainly didn’t organize events,” Ostuni said. “Working with ROTA we are an all non-profit, all volunteer organization, Rota itself is a very empowering place where people can get their work out there and maybe make a difference.”
Anyone interested in being a featured performer or those interested in learning more about OMPN can inquire with Ostuni at ROTAPoetry@Gmail.com.