A few weeks ago, I posted a new spoken word poem I wrote titled “I Can Hear You.” I just submitted it for a local reading event here in South Bend, IN. If it gets chosen, I’ll be reading it at the event. This sounds like a great time and it’ll be a chance to meet some of the other local writers. It’s almost the submission deadline for The Michiana Monologues, as well. I submitted a piece last year that was performed earlier this year at the benefit show. I may not submit this year, but if you are local you should submit something. And please, if you’ll be in the area, consider stopping by for the performance. They have some very talented women performing the submissions and there is a silent auction that helps local agencies help women. The show dates start at the end of February and go through the first of March. I will not be in town for most of those dates because I’ll be in Seattle for AWP. And now, I leave you with this picture of a pugtato for no particular reason.
You might remember a few months back I mentioned that I wrote a monologue for our local production “Michiana Monologues.” Not only did my monologue appear in the book produced by the organization, but it was chosen to be performed. Some of the performances were funny. Some were thought provoking. Some made me cry. All were fantastically performed and powerfully written.
The video from those performances is now available for viewing! All works are unattributed to protect privacy, but I have no problem telling you that my piece is titled “What No One Tells You.” My particular piece starts at the 37:45 mark of the first half of the performance, but please feel free to watch the entire thing. You can also access the second half of the performance from this page.
Only a select number of monologues were chosen for performance, but many, many more were submitted and included in the book. Please consider buying a copy. The cost is $10 and the proceeds go to benefit several local charities that benefit women. There are a few ways to get them, but if you are not local, the third option is the best. You would need to contact April Lidinsky for shipping information, as I do not have that.
Tonight is the first showing of the Michiana Monologues. It’s been going for a few years now, but this is my first year going. I submitted a monologue, and I’m curious to see if it made it into the show. It’s patterned after Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues” and features the stories of local women. All of the proceeds benefit support services for women who have been victims of sexual and domestic violence. If you’re in the area, and you’re interested in catching the show, it starts at 7 tonight and tomorrow night in the auditorium of North Side Hall on IU-South Bend’s campus. There is a silent auction before the show starts and you’re sure to hear some amazing stories. You might even hear mine.