Corvallis’ Poetics Open Mic Now At Interzone: Poetry and Spoken Word Every First Friday

“For those who bleed ink and their allies.”

Poetics – Corvallis’ largest monthly open mic poetry and spoken word extravaganza – has relocated to Interzone, at 1563 NW Monroe Ave.

poeticsOrganizer Skyler Corbett explains, “Poetics returning to Interzone is a big deal because Roger Weaver, Oregon State University professor and the standard bearer for poetry in Corvallis, used to host an event every week at Uncle Hungry’s head shop and then Interzone.”

Poetics began as a regular open mic night at Cloud 9, and eventually morphed into an event specifically for poetry. Former organizer Francis Kilkenny says, “We wanted to create as welcoming an atmosphere as possible to bring out all the hidden poets living in Corvallis.” Poetics’ Facebook elucidates: “Though the name would imply a focus on poetry, all forms are enthusiastically welcomed, from short fiction to dramatic monologue to performance art. However, we ask that all pieces be under 5 minutes in length and we do not allow musical accompaniment or props.”

Skyler says Poetics is “a collective that comes from the poets that are from the city of Corvallis itself… We bring feature poets from the Northwest to read for our community and have an open mic where local writers, spoken word poets, and story tellers can share their work. The event is inclusive and invites all ranges of ages, skill levels and material.”

Poetics regular “Vex-Man” says you can’t really predict the kind of talent that will come out to a Poetics event. “There’s been some really good poetry,” he says, “It’s awesome how welcoming and casual the atmosphere is. It’s not a competition thing, which I’ve heard is the case with some slam poetry events and such in other cities, but just a place to share.”

The next Poetics event will be 8:00 pm on Friday, Sept 6th, at Interzone. Events will continue on the FIRST FRIDAY of every month, through the end of next June. Gracious to the hosts, Skyler says “Bill & Iris at the Interzone have been generous enough to offer us the space.”

He alludes to other events on the horizon, “I will be organizing a Spoken Word convention at the Whiteside Theater sometime in the next four months. Big surprises happening there. Some major poets and performance artists from across the country are going to show up, so this is a GREAT TIME for Corvallis’ arts scene.”

You can find Poetics on Facebook at

By Seth Aronson