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Open Mic First Fridays Returns!

The Western Sullivan Public Library is bringing back Open Mic First Fridays! Join us Friday, April 5th, from 6:15pm to 8:30pm to see a national award-winning author and participate in open mic. All performers and poets are welcome! Share a poem, song, story, or other inspiration. Register on the library’s calendar at  For additional information, email  

The evening starts at 6:15pm with open mic sign-up and continues with national award-winning poet Elana Bell, a poet, sound practitioner, and creative guide. She is the author of Mother Country (BOA Editions 2020), poems about motherhood, fertility, and mental illness. Her debut collection of poetry, Eyes, Stones (LSU Press 2012), was selected by Fanny Howe as the winner of the 2011 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets and brings her complex heritage as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors to consider the difficult question of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Elana is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, and the Brooklyn Arts Council. Her writing has appeared in AGNI, Harvard Review, and the Massachusetts Review, among others. In addition to leading her own embodied Creative Fire workshops, Elana teaches poetry to actors at the Juilliard School and sings with the Resistance Revival Chorus, a group of women activists and musicians committed to bringing joy and song to the resistance movement. She is also the founder of the Mother Artist Salon.

This event is funded with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant Program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support from the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance.

To view all of our programs, visit our calendar at, and register if necessary. Email with any questions.

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