This a stage for poets who want to read and perform their poetry and/or the published poetry written by others in front of an audience composed of other poets and the general public.
The People's Stage meets every Thursday, but alternates focuses.
Participants are welcome to submit scripts or digital replicas for review at The People's Stage's Member's Forum. This is suggested for those who want closer feedback on the content of their speech or presentation.
Participants are welcome to drop in as their schedules and interests allow. Members and committed participants are expected to follow an every-other-week attendance schedule. If a participant must miss a meeting that they have signed up to attend, that participant should let administration know of their absence by emailing ThePeoplesColloquiumPDX@gmail.com.
At 7:30pm, the MC takes the stage, welcomes everyone present, introduces himself/herself, and announces the night’s poets. Up to 5 poets will be scheduled to take the stage during each meeting, each individual receiving about 18 minutes of time for a combination of their reading, and the resulting Q&A, discussion, and/or critique. At 9:00pm, The MC will take the stage after the last poetry reading, thank everyone for participating, and announce the close of the night's stage.
The audience should applaud:
Individually, each poetry reading can be 10 minutes in duration or less. Additionally, after each poetry reading, there will be about 8 minutes for interaction with the audience, including Q&A, discussion, and/or critique. All together, each poet is welcome to up to 18 minutes of stage time.
At the beginning of each poetry reading, the person on stage should consider providing:
At the end of each poetry reading, the person on stage should:
The MC will assist the person on stage with facilitating the Q&A, discussion, and/or critique, if requested or needed.
To sign up to take the stage, please email ThePeoplesColloquiumPDX@gmail.com. Some poetry readings will be decided night-of when openings in the stage's schedule allow for them. Priority will be given to those who are signed up to attend The People’s Stage as a member.