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Open mic fans in the Frederick County area are in for a treat this Wednesday! The Frederick Writers’ Salon is hosting its third literature and poetry reading, followed by an open mic hour, from 7:30 to 9:30 at one of the most unique venues around, Sky Stage.

sky stage 1Sky Stage, located at 59 South Carroll Street in downtown Frederick, Maryland, is a pre-Revolutionary War building reimagined as an open air venue after it was ravaged by fire in 2010. The space has been redesigned in a way that partners the legacy of the building with the natural environment. The space is a work of art in and of itself, so it serves as the perfect backdrop for artistic events of all kinds.

This Wednesday marks the third open mic night hosted by Frederick Writers’ Salon in coordination with Sky Stage. Our first event, held May 2017, was moved to the C. Burr Artz Public Library in Frederick due to heavy storms in the area. Attendance was modest, but we had fun reading excerpts from the stories in our first anthology, Unlocked: Short Stories from the Frederick Writers’ Salon.

sky stage 3The weather cooperated for our second event as we hit the actual Sky Stage venue in July 2018. Readers had to compete with the occasional emergency vehicle siren or loud diesel engine, but otherwise, the evening was perfect for poetry, short stories and a glass or two of wine. This time, many Salon members read excerpts of their stories from our second anthology, Intersections, while others read from works in progress or recently-published flash pieces. After we wrapped up the members’ portion of the night, we opened the mic to the community.

sky stage 2For our third outing, I’ll be reading a short passage from “A Million Tiny Bites,” my adult horror short story selected for the Beach Pulp summer 2019 beach reads anthology from Cat and Mouse Press. This will be the first public reading of “A Million Tiny Bites,” so if you are at all curious about that title, and you happen to be in the area Wednesday night, please drop by. And if you feel so inclined, bring something short to read on the stage. Everyone is welcome, so we hope to see you there!