Photo: Maomi Blackburn
On Saturday evening, I finally got around to experiencing the spoken word up close and personal, attending the 365 Poetry Collective hosted at the Salt Lake Photo Collective. The feelings were amicable as I walked in and was immediately approached by the warmth of the people who organize the events: Maomi Blackburn, Abi Goddey and Brandy. While eating grub and partaking of boxed wine, I was happy to see everyone introducing themselves to each other, and felt genuinely pleased to familiarize myself with the people around me, despite my usual, quiet demeanor. With such hospitality, it was easy to see how so many people would feel comfortable in this environment to raise up with their voice to speak whatever one feels the desire to express.