Sign-Up for the LGBTQ+ Open Mic! Friday, August 28th at 6pm ET / 5pm CT / 3pm PT
Thank you for your interest in joining us for our first ever virtual LGBTQ+ Open Mic, with featured readers George Abraham and Luther Hughes! This event will take place on Friday, August 28th at 6pm ET / 5pm CT / 3pm PT.

Afterwards, there will be an open mic session where each person will have a 5 minute time slot to share their work.* The host will be calling upon participants when it is time for their slot, according to the name provided in this form. The open mic will center LGBTQ+ folks, but all are welcome and encouraged to participate as listeners! Please note that this sign-up is for folks who want to participate in the open-mic, but that everyone still needs to register here:

George Abraham is a Palestinian American poet from Jacksonville, FL. They are a Kundiman fellow, a board member for the Radius of Arab American Writers (RAWI), and a recipient of the College Union Poetry Slam’s Best Poet title. They are the author of the debut poetry collection, Birthright (Button Poetry, April 2020), as well as the chapbooks the specimen’s apology (Sibling Rivalry Press) and al youm (the Atlas Review). Their work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, the Paris Review, LitHub, West Branch, Mizna, and elsewhere. They are currently based in Somerville, MA where they are a PhD Candidate in Bioengineering at Harvard University.

Luther Hughes, born and raised in Seattle, is author of Touched (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018), Founder of Shade Literary Arts, and Executive Editor for the The Offing. Along with Gabrielle Bates and Dujie Tahat, he co-hosts The Poet Salon podcast. He has been featured in Poetry, Forbes, Paris Review, The Rumpus, and others. He is the recipient of the 2020 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest. Luther received his MFA from Washington University in St. Louis.

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*Please note you may use less than the allotted time but not more than 5 minutes.
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Name and Pronouns? *
Email? *
What will you be sharing? *
If you selected Other, please describe the work you'd like to share :) We'll reach out if we have any questions!
Are you BIPOC or White? This question is optional but answering helps us to distribute time slots mindfully and make sure we are representing voices in a manner that is equitable and inclusive! We appreciate your help.
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By checking yes you agree to keep your performance or reading under 5 minutes *
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