Thursday, August 11, 2005

Last night, I hosted a poetry open mic at The Bookworm here in Beijing. I had pitched the idea to the owner a few weeks ago and she was thrilled about it so now we're going full steam. By all accounts, it was a hit and I'm looking forward to continuing the effort. Quite a few people turned out for the event and, although it wasn't a packed house, it looks to improve over the coming weeks. Initially, there were only about twelve of us when we got started, but by the end, many other folks had arrived or had stopped to watch.

Met a diplomat from Bangladesh and his wife and a guy from Nigeria, among many other folks, all of them excited about the event, and all of them looking forward to its continued success. There were also people from China, Colombia, France, England and Italy in the audience, which was cool. It really gave the event an international feel, even though the only participants read poetry in English. Many promised to return next week to read in their native languages, which should be great. Wish me luck!

Well, on to more mundane matters. It's back to work today for at least an hour, as I expect my private student, Susan, just back from a trip to Korea with her mother, to arrive for a lesson at 5:00 PM.

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