Note of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 03.03.21

The Best of Mad Swirl : v2020 Official Book Launch!

If you tuned in to Mad Swirl Open Mic this past 1st Wednesday (aka 03.03.21), you witnessed live performances from a few of the poets & writers featured in The Best of Mad Swirl v:2020 anthology! And since we couldn’t get together in person to birth this printed creative love-child, we did the next best thing…

Here’s a shout out to those who shared their creative wares with us, both in the anthology and last night:

Musical Overture: Swirve

Hosts: Johnny O & MH Clay

Featured Contributors:
Rob Dyer (performed by MH Clay)
Marianne Szlyk
Timothy Pilgrim
Harry McNabb
Chris Zimmerly
William J Watson
Mike Fiorito
Johnny Olson
L.A. Davidson
Frank Phelan
Iulia Gherghei
Ryan Quinn Flanagan
Polly Richardson
Walt Giersbach
Tyler Malone

After the book launchin’ festivities, we hosted a short open mic. Here’s who graced our virtual stage:

Open Mic:

CJ Critt
Devorah Titunik
Paul Koniecki
Daphne Moon
Mike Zone
Polly Richardson
Harry McNabb
Marianne Szlyk
Chris Zimmerly

Musical Conclusion: Swirve

Thanks to ALL the appreciators who rode the Mad wave from our FB Live feed! We know you had a choice of what to do with your Wednesday night (like getting vaccinated) & you picked to virtually hang out with us!

Now more than ever, we need community, we need creative outlets.

Be safe & ’til next 1st Wednesday… may the madness swirl your way!

Johnny O

P.S. In case you missed the LIVE feed, your eye can spy on these virtual Swirl’n scenes right here…

Interested in Performing?

If you are a mad poet, musician, actor, singer and/or performer (circus freaks and Elvis impersonators always welcome) & live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, come to Absinthe & strut–yo–stuff.

The show starts at 8:00pm and the mic closes when there's no one left standing.

Come one. Come all. Come to participate. Come to appreciate. Come to be a part of this collective creative love child we affectionately call Mad Swirl.

Got questions? E-mail us at for further details that may not be listed here.

Mad Swirl Open Mic at The City Tavern. It's THE place to be on the first Wednesday of the month!

Where Doess This Madness Take Place?

The City Tavern is located at 1402 Main Street • Dallas, TX