Nearly a standing-room-only audience was treated last night to performances as impressive as they were sincere. Anyone who has attended an Inspired Mic event knows how incredibly powerful these evenings can be. Last night was absolutely no exception.
Tovah Janovsky kicked off the evening of presenters with a bit of a spiritual journey piece detailing out her Jewish/Christian heritage. She also let the audience know she is putting together a book from her collection of blog posts on Tovah-Sez. Her book-to-be’s title is, “Sojourner.” You may find the full written presentation of her Inspired Mic performance at the blogsite listed above as well as last month’s hilarious take on long-term marriage.
Angelica Timothy presented two wonderful pieces of work, the first describing is disturbingly accurate language a narcissistic, dependent, sociopath. Her words perfectly detailed what it is like to attempt to befriend such a personality. The second work addressed the recent school shooting and was delivered with skill and power.
Jim Harter, a prolific poet, brought some wonderful life poetry from his latest book as well as an intelligently funny risque poem like only Jim can deliver. Jim announced his next book is soon to be in the works. He has published over 1500 of his poems over the years in a wonderfully chronological format of his life.
Carol Fisher then took the stage. Yes, the Carol Fisher who five years ago gave The Inspired Mic its very first venue for the first two years of its life. She recounted the nights by the ocean and how wonderful the event was in that setting. She announced her new work at the big fresh produce market just west of the Flagler Beach bridge. Then, in true Carol fashion, she brought the audience a wonderful piece of writing which placed life in a clearer, more wonderful perspective.
Bianca Simone brought some wonderful poetry, one also addressing the latest school shooting after which she placed an exclamation point on the presentation by informing the audience of a relative child who was directly affected by the shooting, not only by bloodied victims fleeing into her school but also the loss of three friends in the shooting. On a more joyous not, she announced her engagement! She also autographed a book as well as the lineup sheet for the evening for an audience member who loved her presentation!
Sixteen-year-old Kristin Brinker brought back her original presentation on her ADD issues as well as an incredibly powerful and poignant piece of writing titled, “My Bubble.” Kristin wrestles with the effects of ADD and is determined to have her voice heard on many important social topics. Wise beyond her years, as she hones her presentation skills, every performance rises stronger. “My Bubble” is a powerful piece of writing.
Sean Moylan never disappoints. He’s presented excerpts from Moby Dick, East of Eden, numerous poems by famous poets including Langston Hughes, and three of Edgar Allen Poe’s works, The Bells, The Raven, and The Conquering Worm. Last night he regaled us with not only the previously mentioned Conquering Worm by Poe, but a delightful rendition of an Ogden Nash poem which contained a ton of wonderful humor. Sean’s presentations are always by rote and always delivered with oratory perfection. A wonderful sample of his presentational prowess from November’s Inspired Mic is this link to a John F. Kennedy speech.
Mystic Mel is another great orator. He tells colorful stories of his life, many of them hilarious, many poignant, and as is life, some sad. Last night Mel brought us the story of his best friend Bruce. The two had very little in common, yet they forged a close bond through riding motorcycles. Mel was riding with Bruce the tragic day that Bruce died in a riding accident. Mel’s presentation touched us all.
Kevin Cox returned to his NY City police stories. Cops own some of the best stories out there. This particular story involved a domestic dispute call where two officers addressed a man gone bonkers. A woman ran out of the building screaming, “He’s going to kill me!”. The two officers then confronted the man who promptly armed himself with a set of num-chucks and then proceeded to kick his own ass with is own weapon! He required all kinds of stitches, suffered a concussion, and broke his own elbow while wielding his Bruce Lee weapon. Kevin has witnessed far too many hilarious incidents in his day…
The evening then went into “youth mode” with the next three presenters being under twenty years old. First, Ashely Flores gave us three Shakespearean monologues of strong women. The thespian in her came out as she performed each monologue with passion. Ashely has performed some cool Shakespearean monologues at The Inspired Mic in the past. Here is her first performance years ago when The Inspired Mic was hosted at the Cypress Knoll Country Club – Ashley Flores.
Alexandra King, after having been absent from The Inspired Mic stage for over a year, brought us a dark fiction piece of writing which captured a dangerous encounter with an alien cannibal. Alexandra sets her scenes with many visuals as well as emotionally edgy writing. She just completed her Associate’s degree in May of 2017 at the age of 17 and has stepped back into her writing with vigor.
David Kozba brought us an incredible work presented in Irish Brogue, then a musical/rap performance followed by an extremely humorous bit of modern poetry. David was in awesome form, personable as always and quite animated on the stage. His presentation was a delight for all.
Alida Ferrena, one of the owners of the Europa, brought us an excerpt from her book-in-progress, Jungle to Jungle, which chronicles going from the jungles of India to New York City, a jungle in itself. Her vignette this evening had to do with her at sixteen years old traveling to the big city to attempt to nab a job as a stewardess with British Airways. The story held many visuals and innocence about the realities of life. While her sixteen-year-old self may have been a bit naive, the story of her desire to “see the world” was poignant.
Michael Ray King dusted off some fiction from his fiction blogsite, Fiction’s Footsteps. He excerpted a serial blog story intended to become a novel titled “The Cold Bite of Autumn.” In this story, Autumn is a ruthless assassin who just murdered three fellow conspirators in a car wrecked planned to kill all four occupants. Autumn survived and was rescued by Daniel Thorgrave, a man who hoped he may have helped save the life of a “normal” woman. Apparently, he is about to discover Autumn to be as far from normal as he could ever imagine.
It’s a shame people miss out each month on some of the most creative, innovative live performances they could ever hope to attend. The 14 presenters each month pull out slices of talent and genius to entertain each audience. Each presenter gets 7 minutes and each month the presenters deliver. This event is not only five years old, The Inspired Mic gains strength and momentum each month. Soon, getting tickets to the event will become tough as word spreads about the entertainment, delicious food, and wonderful atmosphere.
Our next event will be Thursday, April 19th at 6:00 pm. I strongly suggest purchasing your tickets early for April. This event will likely sell out! To reserve your tickets, follow this link: Inspired Mic Tickets. Also, check out our Facebook page at The Inspired Mic