Andrew Ziegler heads up the poetry group, which will host a launch party Saturday, Sep. 2, at the Gallery Below at 7 p.m. He said there's a lot of new features to unveil as well as reinforcements for the core mission for Hear Here Poetry.
Q: What is the purpose of this launch party?
Z: The purpose of this weekend's event is to generate excitement for Hear Here Poetry and its new board! We're doing what we've always done, but now we have talent from all across the city adding to our efforts and it's all coming together nicely! We also have a logo to unveil and new programming and events to announce.
Q: What new things can people expect to see from Hear Here?
Z: More opportunities to engage with the community. We want to offer a space that encourages people to share and be vulnerable in order to create strength in themselves and others.
Q: What are the elements of Hear Here that are NOT changing?
Z: We are still focused on poetry and the community; we are still about sharing and getting better (both in writing and through strengthening community ties).
Q: What are some of the big poetry events coming up this year?
Z: We don't yet have specifics for dates, but there will be at least one Hear Here driven event each month at various locations. Doing events at different locations helps us with our goal of creating safe spaces and encouraging dialogue within the community.
Additionally, we wanted to help spotlight great but lesser known venues around our city and bring poetry to different parts of the community or to someone who might need it, possibly without knowing poetry was what they needed.
One major poetry event we are finalizing will take place Oct. 22 in the Ivywild Gym. We've been in that space before and it's an excellent venue for what we're hoping will be an amazing gathering of some very big names in spoken word poetry.