The People’s Stage – Poetry


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.

Guidelines for Participation 

Guidelines for Participation

The People’s Stage is right for you if:

  • You want to get on stage and share your poetry or the published poetry of others
  • You want listen to and engage with those who take the stage
  • You want to be part of a community of poets

Days and Times

  • The People’s Stage – Poetry and Narrative, Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30pm, meets on an every-other-week schedule.
  • The People’s Stage – Philosophy, Mondays, 7:30-9:00pm, meets once every 5 weeks

Submission Guidelines

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



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.

As part of the audience

The audience should applaud:

  • At the end of each poetry reading
  • At the end of each Q&A, discussion, and/or critique

If you’re speaking or presenting

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:

  • An artist’s statement
  • Their goals for the poetry reading, including whether a critique is sought (note: a critique from the audience will only be provided if requested)

At the end of each poetry reading, the person on stage should:

  • Thank the audience
  • Open up the floor for Q&A, discussion, and/or critique

The MC will assist the person on stage with facilitating the Q&A, discussion, and/or critique, if requested or needed.

Signing up to take the stage

To sign up to take the stage, please email 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.