***More info coming soon***
admission: $5-10 sliding scale
7:00PM | Doors Open
7:30PM | Open Mic Starts
8:30PM | Community Annoucements
8:45PM | Continue Open Mic
9:30PM | Feature
about east meets words
In March 2005, EMW Bookstore held its first monthly open mic. Now, over 132 open mics later, East Meets Words is one of the longest running Asian American open mic series in the country, and one of the main hubs of Asian American art and activism on the east coast.
At this curated open mic, participants can sign up to sing, spit, dance, play music, or share a story. Everyone is welcome. The space is especially appreciative of work that challenges stereotypes and amplifies marginalized voices. Participants does not need to be of Asian or Pacific Islander decent to perform, but our space will prioritize those voices. Time is set aside at each open mic for community announcements, meant to raise awareness about social justice issues in the greater Boston area.
Each month, we also feature an Asian / Pacific Islander artist or group, who will perform a full-length set after the open mic portion of the evening. Past features have ranged from nationally known artists such as Beau Sia and Kelly Tsai to local creatives like you and me.
We strive to create a safer space and a platform for artists and non-artists to perform work of all stages. Everyone is welcome to attend and sign up on the open mic. The space is especially appreciative of work that challenges stereotypes and amplifies marginalized voices - prioritizing API performers. Time is set aside at each open mic for community announcements, meant to raise awareness about social justice issues in the greater Boston area.
Gallery space is chair accessible. We will prioritize chair access in the aisles. Please find or contact an EMW Staff member for assistance with entry through front door.
Two single-stall, gender-neutral restrooms are available, one up a flight of stairs and one on the main floor with a step from the main entrance.
Please come fragrance free! For the health and safety of organizers, panelists, and other attendees, we ask you not to wear scented products or clothing that has recently been smoked in. More information here.
CODE OF CONDUCT
We strive to foster a space of inclusivity and respect, and in doing so, we seek to give a platform to people from marginalized identities and/or communities to speak their truths. We ask everyone to leave (in no particular order): ableism, ageism, classism, fatphobia, homophobia, misogyny, racism, transphobia, and all oppressive language, attitudes, and actions at the door. We ask that we hold ourselves and one another accountable to creating a culture in which we treat each other with consent and respect. This looks like and is not limited to respecting people's physical and emotional boundaries and receiving explicit verbal consent before touching someone or crossing other personal boundaries. If you observe a breach of code of conduct during the event, please notify a EMW personnel and/or contact this number to reach a EMW Bookstore at (857) 600 1244.