All conference attendees are invited to read at hosted open mic readings at various locations in Historic Fairhaven. If you plan to do so, please sign up on Friday or Saturday at the Open Mic sign-up table located in the Syre Student Center Foyer. Readings will have a three-minute time limit to maximize the number of readers (plan for 500 words maximum).
Below, find details about each of the four venues, including information about genres and emcees. The public is encouraged to attend these Open Mic events for a chance to hear readings from conference participants, so invite your friends and family! You can also share news of this event on Facebook.
Evolve Chocolate + Café | 1200 11th Street, Fairhaven, mezzanine level inside Village Books
Open Mic Emcee: Andrew Shattuck McBride, writer and freelance editor
Located on the mezzanine level inside Village Books, the just-opened Evolve Chocolate + Café offers an array of sweets, sips, and savories in the cozy space tucked among the bookshelves, overlooking the Village Green and Bellingham Bay. Co-owned by Chef Christy Fox and Shannon Fox, Evolve Chocolate is known for its award-winning truffles, sipping chocolates and unique flavor profiles. The café delivers a full sensory experience with a savory menu that highlights regional bounty, handcrafted cocktails, and desserts from scratch, with fresh ingredients sourced from the Bellingham Farmers Markets.
Magdalena’s Creperie | 1200 10th Street, Fairhaven
Open Mic Emcee: Jay S. Nahani, a writer and creative coach
Welcome to Magdalena's Creperie, our Polish-inspired, European-style café/bistro. Our mission is to serve you food the way we like it—fresh, wholesome, delicious, and beautiful. We serve our crepes in the Brittany style. You can choose both sweet and savory crepes and, at your request, all of our crepes are available using buckwheat flour, which is gluten-free. We make our own Polish pierogis, European-style soups and sandwiches, and there’s always a daily special featuring something in-season or something inspired by a taste we miss from home.
Village Books Readings Gallery | 1200 11th Street, Fairhaven, lower level
Open Mic Emcee: Candee Blanc, a member of Village Books’ Publishing Team
In our nearly 40-year history, Village Books has hosted thousands of authors in our Readings Gallery. Emerging writers and best-selling authors alike have delighted our audiences. Now, it’s your turn. Bring some of your work and join us in celebrating your creativity. We can’t wait to hear what you have to share.
Lovitt Restaurant | 1114 Harris Avenue, Fairhaven, in the interior courtyard just outside the restaurant
Open Mic Emcee: Mary Gillilan and Norman Green, Creators of Clover: A Literary Rag
Lovitt Restaurant is a farm-to-table restaurant in the heart of Fairhaven. Owners Norman and Kristen Six believe in making everything from our bread and ice cream to our ketchup and salad dressings from scratch. When you walk into Lovitt you will be greeted by the smells of bread baking in the oven, chicken stock on the stove, slow cooking meat, and bubbling fruit crisp. If we don’t make it here we don’t serve it. For a meal to remember in a relaxing and artful space, come to Lovitt.