Monday October 6th! RACHEL McKIBBENS for the return win!!! Plus! Two Sentence Horror Story Challenge!


rachel-mckibbens-pressphotoPOETRY FEATURE: Poet, activist, playwright and essayist RACHEL McKIBBENS is the author of the poetry collections Into the Dark and Emptying Field (2013) and Pink Elephant (2009). Her poems, short stories, essays and creative non-fiction have been featured in numerous journals and blogs, including Her Kind, The Los Angeles Review, The Best American Poetry Blog, The Nervous Breakdown, The Rumpus, The London Magazine, The Acentos Review, World Literature Today, Radius, and The American Poetry Journal. McKibbens is a well-known member of the poetry slam community: she is a nine-time National Poetry Slam team member, has appeared on eight NPS final stages, and coached the New York louderARTS poetry slam team to three consecutive final stage appearances, was the 2009 rachel-mckibbbens-pressphoto2Women of the World Poetry Slam champion and the 2011 National Underground Poetry Slam individual champion. McKibbens appeared on two seasons of Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam and was featured in the poetry slam documentary Slam Planet in 2006 at SXSW. For four years McKibbens taught poetry through the Healing Arts Program at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan and continues to teach poetry and creative writing and give lectures across the country as an advocate for mental illness, gender-equality, and victims of violence and domestic abuse. A poetry fellow for the New York Foundation, she lives with her family in upstate New York, where she teaches poetry and co-curates the monthly reading series Poetry & Pie Night.

ghoststoryBONUS RUCKUS: The Two Sentence Horror Story! Challenge! We guess it’s the season to spook things up a bit! We got some early inspiration last week from new open-micer Ben who brought up the two sentence horror story thing! Check some out at We’ll take 5 competitors, and do two rounds to see who can be the give-us-the-hee-bee-jeeziest! Special prize for those who bring the scary to our stage! Maybe we’ll let resident spookie enthusiast AARON WHITE choose the winner, that is if he doesn’t want to haunt you with his own words!

Speaking of winners! All autumn into winter we’re coming at you with 7hillsflieramazing features! Sizzlin house bands! Visual arts and snack time!!!! Remember, come support NICHOLAS EARL DAVIS this Sunday Night as he co-hosts the new SEVEN HILLS POETRY SLAM!  Slam winner automatically qualifies for 2015 Worcester Slam Team Finals! Spots on both open mic and slam are limited! So peep the invite link! Leaf peeeeeep it!




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