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'Java Monkey Speaks' Marks 11th Year

Open mic Sunday draws published and unpublished poets to the coffeehouse.

The Sunday night open mic poetry readings at in Decatur have been going on for 11 years now.

That prompted a sweet story by Lauren Watel on the ArtsAtl website about the casual birthday party at the coffee house/wine bar on Church Street.

The story has a lot of quotes from local poet Kodac Harrison, who founded the readings.

Harrison kicked off the celebration with a poem of his own (see below), introduced each reader, led the crowd in a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” and sliced a large birthday cake into pieces with a sword.

By Harrison’s calculation, Java Monkey Speaks has held readings on 568 Sundays, missing just four in 11 years: one on a Christmas Eve, one on a Christmas Day, one on the Fourth of July and one because of a power outage. The readings begin at 8 p.m.; aspiring readers are encouraged to arrive early to sign up for a spot in one of the two open-mike portions of the evening. Participants, who are allowed to read one piece per night, vary in experience from first-timers to veterans.

If you're interested, show up at 8 p.m. Sunday and find a seat on the patio at Java Monkey at 425 Church St.


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