Monday, June 25, 2018

Spilled Milk Open Mic

The Milk Bar Lounge (2424 E Robinson St, Orlando, Florida 32803) supports local poets by hosting a monthly poetry night.  The poetry started around started around 9pm. That is when the poetry and drinks started flowing.The signup slot time length was around 5 minutes or 2 poems, whichever came first. This might change depending on how many poets show up.

I started sketching before the first poet took to the stage. They arrive notoriously late and usually sit and start writing when they arrive. The Milk Bar's public relations puppy wanders from table to table welcoming each poet. It gradually grew dark outside making the warm glow inside all the more inviting. After a few drinks every poem seems inspired and meaningful. An impartial member of the audience is invited to judge, and each poet in turn weighs in for the bragging rights to become the top poet for the night.

The next poetry event is the Orlando Poetry Team Slam with Jay Salazar. This will be on July 5th, 2018. Each poet must buy a drink/support the venue to sign up! Sign Up at 8pm, and the slam starts at 9p.m.
Two rounds! 3minute poems, no props or costumes.
Round One, 12 teams, top five move on!
Round Two, 5 teams, Best poem wins!
Winner gets $50 and major bragging rights!
Here's the catch. Solo pieces are not allowed. Every poem must be a group piece. You can have 2 to 3 people per team.

The feature poet is Jay Salazar! Salazar is a spoken word poet out of New Jersey and New York City. He writes about food, addiction, alcohol, and family. When he is not writing he is probably cooking, working out, eating, or binging some Netflix show that isn't that good.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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