Photo by Kai Greiner
Photo by Kai Greiner

Students clubs are a great way to meet new people, discover new interests, and maybe even acquire new skills. At MCAD, new clubs are being formed all the time, so there's always something for everyone.

Since it was formed at the beginning of the semester, MCAD’s Poetry Club hosted their first open mic event last Friday. “I’m excited to have everyone share their work,” Madi Radtke, the host and organizer of the event, said. “It’s nice to not have professors grading you for this. Everyone is just having fun.”

Madi Radtke

Open mic night organizer and host Madi Radtke

The open mic took place in the College Center around 7:00 p.m., and it succeeded in achieving that level of comfort. It was saturated with a communal vibe, and a casual tone. It featured nine poets from the MCAD community. Their poems spanned a wide range of themes and topics, from the tediousness of day-to-day monotonies to racial discrimination, and from the current political climate to hurdles still facing members of the LGBTQ+ community. After the list of readers ran its course, the two hosts, Madi and Kai Grainer, encouraged attendees to come to the stage if they wanted. Two students ended up sharing their poetry, one of which was called Improvisation; a poem that had just been written a few minutes before.

"It's easy to get your visual work out at MCAD, but not so much for written work."

The poetry club plans to continue its effort in giving MCAD’s creative writers a platform to deliver their voices. The club will meet every Friday at 6:00 p.m. They are also planning a workshop where students will be given poetry prompts and a chance to have their work critiqued, as well as a slam event that will take place in the near future. "Hopefully events like this will get the creative writing minor more access to public speaking," Madi said. “It's easy to get your visual work out at MCAD, but not so much for written work.”

One thing performers and public speakers will often comment on is how exhilarating the experience can be—holding a microphone and hearing your voice echoing in the air, a crowd listening attentively, applauding you. Eleven people had the chance to experience that on Friday night. Events like this open mic night will only continue to give more people the courage and inspiration to do so.