In the Company of Writers presents a series of personal and conversational dialogues featuring guest writers/poets followed by an open mic forum. The Chicago blues music of “Mr. Jimmy,” welcomes you, continues during intermission and closes the evening. The next in the series features Melanie McGee Bianchi, a published writer, speaker and storyteller. In-person sign-ups for open-mic are 6:30 – 7:00 pm and guest authors begin at 7:00 – 8:00 pm with open-mic readings from 8:15 – 9:00 pm. These inspirational gatherings will elucidate and entertain those attending. If interested in reading your work, you may sign up at the door or online at https://thebrandybar.com/writers-open-mic/ Presentations are limited to five minutes.
Melanie McGee Bianchi is editor of three print lifestyle magazines: Asheville Made, Bold Life, and Carolina Home + Garden. In the past she was the arts & entertainment editor of Mountain Xpress (picked up an industry gold award, as well as editing Verve magazine for Women. She has published poetry, humorous personal essays, and articles in a wide array of publications, including Asheville Poetry Review, Citron Review, Flower magazine, Our State, Scary Mommy, Gateways, and WNC Magazine. Melanie participates in readings and storytelling events, including Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center and Asheville Community Theatre. Her current short fiction, including three of the stories in her upcoming debut work, appeared in long-established print American literary magazines of the Mississippi Review Summer Prize Issue, Chattahoochee Review; and also abroad The Moth Magazine, published in Ireland and distributed throughout Europe. This short fiction is titled The Ballad of Cherrystoke + Other Stories, a collection of edgy contemporary fiction set in the mountain South and published on June 24 by international Blackwater Press. It is being distributed in the American Southeast and in the UK.
This event occurs the 2nd Wednesday of each month and is co-sponsored by The Brandy Bar + Cocktails www.TheBrandyBar.com and the North Carolina Writers’ Network. This event is free. If unvaccinated or concerned, you may choose to wear a mask.