WCC Writing Club launches Open Mic sessions in the library

Feiruz Garrison recites her own poem at the Open Mic session in the library – Hannah Baily

The  WCC Writing Club hosted its first Open Mic in the Library on Sept. 26.

According to club member Alfred Cerraro, the open mics are aimed at helping student and faculty writers become more confident sharing their work.

“I think there’s a lot of talent and skill here that just needs a place to be presented, so we are giving people a platform to share anything they want to share with the campus,” Cerraro said.

Some students shared personal experiences they hoped others could learn from.

Cynthia Lee Sinclair talked about her recent study abroad trip around the world and how students can apply for the same scholarships she did to fund their own trips. She also discussed her activism against domestic abuse and the impacts of domestic abuse around the world.

“I think the open mic is a great idea that gives people a place to get themselves out there and share themselves with the community,“ Sinclair said.

Cerraro recited some of his own poetry that touched on political, emotional and relatable topics. Feiruz Garrison performed her own poetry as well as some of her favorite poems from her childhood.

All are welcome at the sessions to read original poems or short stories or to share favorite works written by someone else. The Open Mics will take place every other Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. on the first floor of the library.

For more information, email Susan St. John at susanklc@hawaii.edu.


by Hannah Baily, Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter