Calling all youth performers, poets, and writers! The Bayouth Collective is holding their first youth open mic this Saturday, June 30th at 5 pm (WITS Meeting House, 1519 W. Main Street, 77006). The Bayouth Collective is a youth-operated initiative that aims to create performance and learning opportunities in the Houston area for teen writers. We are poets, fiction writers, and essayist who represent the rich diversity of our city.
All writers aged 13-19 who would like to share their work are encouraged to attend. Sign-ups will happen at the door on the evening of the event.
This weekend’s open mic will feature prominent Houston poet, Christopher Diaz. Christopher Diaz is a Chamorro poet, freelance photographer, and U.S. military veteran. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 2009 where he received a B.A. in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. While at A&M he served as co-president of Mic Check Poetry and during his military career founded a weekly open-mic night on a Honduran military base. After serving for six years as a U.S. Air Force Public Affairs officer, he hung up the uniform at the rank of Captain to pursue his love for poetry and photography. He recently represented Houston at the National Poetry Slam competition after qualifying for the 2016 Write About Now (WAN) Slam Poetry Team. He currently serves on WAN’s staff as a resident poet, photographer and video producer.