WOA Open Mic-April 21st-w/ Mary McGrath and Tim McHargue

On April 21st WOA will host an Open Mic with Featured Readers Mary McGrath and Tim McHargue, two storytellers as well as poets and prose writers.
Mary McGrath has been a strong voice in the storytelling community for many years. She taught a class, “The Art of Storytelling” at City College, and has produced three storytelling festivals for UNICEF and two festivals for Project Heifer. She, along with poet Sue Daly run a monthly program of storytelling and poetry at the Avid Reader on Broadway (last Friday of the month), and she has been nominated for the Oracle Award by the National Storytelling Network in 2018. This year she produced a multimedia program as a tribute to Peig Sayers, the Queen of Irish Storytelling, for the Irish American Crossroads Festival in San Francisco. She is committed to the creation of community through storytelling, and looks for the hearth where the story can live. She enjoys telling original created works, as well as folklore and mythology.
Tim McHargue has published three books of prose poetry, Typography of the Flesh: Thirty Prose Poems; Bali Rain Psalm: The Bali Prose Poems; and Wig Bubbles. He has also published freelance articles on art, entertainment, and social issues in numerous publications in the Sacramento area. He plays guitar and composes songs, and produced a CD of his original music called “Into the Real.” Tim has been exploring the intersection of writing, art and music and has engaged in performance art using multimedia at various venues. For his day job, Tim is a school psychologist, counselor and director of disability services at Folsom Lake College. Finally, he has a book of stories called “Strange Dances: Reflections on Counseling International Students in Indonesia, ” written while living in Jakata, on the island of Java, where it was difficult to find a good cup of coffee.
The optional theme for this Open Mic will be to write/produce, practice and stand up and tell a 5-7 minute story of any genre you want. Stories can of course be autobiographical (maybe with a little fictional twist), or just downright lies (fiction). Remember this is optional because we’d just like to see you there.
Please RSVP Yes or No. Open mic’ers need to sign up early.