Each month, we feature an Asian/PACIFIC ISLANDER (API) artist or group, who will perform a full-length set after the open mic portion of the evening. 

East Meets Words is hosted by EMW every second Friday of the month!

Our little piece of Mass Ave started out as East Meets West Bookstore, a small business owned by the Kong family. In March 2005, the bookstore held its first monthly open mic. Now, over 120 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 API art and activism on the east coast. In March 2017, East Meets Words celebrated its 12th Anniversary! 

At East Meets Words, 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. Time is set aside at each open mic for community announcements, meant to raise awareness about social justice issues in Greater Boston. Past features have ranged from nationally known artists such as Beau Sia and Kelly Tsai to local creatives like you and me. If you would like to perform, just show up!

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Past East Meets Words

Photography by David Sun Kong