The Southern Writers Reading Series announced Monday that it is hosting a ceremony and reading where it will unveil the “Next Big Thing” in poetry. Despite the shroud of mystery surrounding the unveiling of the “Thing”, millions are planning to flock to Happy Ending Lounge on Wednesday, September 12th to participate in the unveiling ceremony. Though no one knows exactly what this “Thing” is many have come up with ideas: “I’m hoping that it will be a kindle that attaches to your face,” said one man, “That wa y, you can read poems without any distractions and have your hands free to do other things like drive and shave or operate heavy machinery.” “I bet it’s one of those electric flowers with sunglasses,” said another, “and you read poetry to it and it dances the most seductive flower dance that you can imagine.” But some are hoping that the “Thing” will make changes to the poet as well. “Like many other writers, I suffer from PV or Poety Voice,” said one woman who wished to remain anonymous. “When I read poems aloud, people say they feel like they are listening to that Save the Animals commercial with Sarah McLachlan. I’m hoping this ‘Thing’ is a device that will make my reading voice sound more like a bad-ass. You know, like Dirty Hairy or Mufasa.”
So whether you’re curious to know about the Next Big Thing or you’re just hoping to hear some amazing prose and poetry, come out to Happy Ending Lounge (302 Broome st.) around 7:30pm on the 12th and listen to the amazing work of Camille Rankine, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Eric Nelson, and Lauren Hunter. I guarantee you won’t find better prose or poetry available anywhere on this or any other planet.
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**ON A MORE SERIOUS NOTE: Once more it is hurricane season and the Gulf Coast is experiencing the ugly side of Mother Nature. But at the Southern Writers Reading Series we hope to show our solidarity with those affected by Hurricane Isaac by having an amazing reading and donating a portion of the proceeds to the American Red Cross. So come out, show your support to these writers and do good while you’re at it!
*The lovely Kamilah Aisha Moon will be stepping in for Robin Coste Lewis.