I had the opportunity to read at the local Spot-of-Spots (poetry-wise) with my fellow Jack Straw Writers. I have seen some of the most talented poets bless that space and sat in the audience picturing myself reading at the front of that room. So when we initially got the email asking who was interested in reading, my written response was far more calm than my reaction. I was hype!
Even more special than the venue, this coincidentally was the last reading I had with my cohort. In addition to reading a piece I'd just written earlier that week, I also got to hear some new pieces and re-works from the other writers. The crowd was receptive. The energy was high. It was magical!
(If you ever see me look like this at a reading, it's because I'm envisioning my set before I go up lol)