Mad Swirl Open Mic : 07.03.24

by June 23, 2024 0 comments

Join Mad Swirl this 1st Wednesday of July (aka 07.03.24) when we’ll be doin’ the open mic voodoo that we do do at our OC home, BARBARA’S PAVILLION!

Host Johnny O & guest host Desmene Statum will open the mad mic, starting with some musical grooves brought to you by Swirve (Chris & Tamitha Curiel, Gerard Bendiks).

This month we will be featuring Dallas Slam Poets, Joaquin Zihuatanejo & GNO!

A bit about Joaquín: Joaquín Zihuatanejo was the inaugural poet laureate for the city of Dallas. The Academy of American Poets awarded him a $50,000 Laureate Fellowship Prize in honor of the outstanding work he did as his city’s first poet laureate. A two-time World Poetry Slam Champion, Joaquín’s new book, Occupy Whiteness, is out now from Deep Vellum Publishing.

A bit about GNO: Hailing from Dallas, GNO has been writing, creating, and performing creative works of literature, music, and film for over three decades. He made the 2005 list of “One of the 64 People Making Dallas Hot” by D Magazine. He is published – with his most noted works being “Process of Confession” and “101 Break Up Poems.” He has been featured in several anthologies and literary reviews and is a twice National Poetry Slam finalist and one-time Champion (1998 and 2001).

Come one. Come all. Come to participate…

(preRSVP at our Facebook event page or send a message to

Come to appreciate…

(join us LIVE at Barbara’s Pavillion- located at 323 Centre St, Dallas -OR- tune in to our Facebook LIVE feed starting at 8pm)

Come to be a part of this collective creative love child we affectionately call… Mad Swirl!

P.S. Here is the full line-up of remaining features for 2024:

August: Roderick Richardson
September: Desmene Statum
October: PW Covington
November: Mad Swirl Open Mic 20th Anniversary
December: Holiday Special

Huge THANKS to our past 2024 features:

January: Inciting the rise of YES & the fall of NO
February: Suza Kanon
March: The Best of Mad Swirl 2023 Anthology Launch
April: Opalina & Carlos Salas / Your Loving Son
May: Josh Weir
June: B. Randall

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