This was my first time reading at the monthly open mic at Traditions Cafe in Olympia. Yes, we’ve lived here for almost two years now, but what with one thing and another… Anyway, the poetry flowed from deep-voiced seriousness to slam to sensual to Palestinian. I was touched that strangers came by our table after I read to tell me how much they liked my work. Some even stayed long enough to ask deeper questions.

I joined the Olympia Poetry Network, paid my dues, and plan to make a habit of showing up every month to read. Profound thanks to Dick Meyer, for creating such a welcoming space for creativity of all kinds.

Making new connections, integrating into our new community, all these things are so important