Soul Sessions is an open space for one to let their soul be free and their voice be heard Through open mic poetry, music, and community outreach.
The city of Roanoke,VA and Soul Sessions Roanoke have proudly paired with the U.S. National Youth Poet Laureate Program. With this opportunity comes projects to usher in a new beginning. The theme is "The community I want to live in.” See our Facebook page for frequent updates.
We've Spent almost ten years doing our open mics on Wednesday nights but with our work schedule changing we had to make a decision to change our programming to every other Thursday evening starting on September 14th,2023. It is my hope that we continue to hear unique stories in a welcoming environment. We want to challenge our audience this season to do some homework with our theme nights. We will still accept all types of submissions but we will not be accepting hate speech, nor have we ever accepted hate speech. It takes a lot for people to come out of their homes and it takes great courage to be vulnerable in front of an audience.
Our personal stories are important and very unique, they connect us closer to the human experience. In a time where morale seems low and some folks like to talk to you from a high place it is simply important to still take the time out to get to know your neighbors and to be the good news in each other's lives. It is my belief that writers are the gatekeepers of the truth. We all come from different backgrounds so let's be intentional with time and be open to cultures beyond our own and never tire from being the good news. For way too long we've lived in a time where we've defined people by stereotypes and racial social bias. Soul Sessions is a platform for people of all types to come together, listen, and speak on different human experiences. Through those experiences, we've built an extraordinary community. We continue to press and work at what we do because it's imperative that we thrive with genuine diversity by the soul and not by the numbers. I am looking for your story and not what we assume to feed to an atmosphere that is more of the same detrimental rhetoric that keeps us apart.
For 8 years Soul Sessions has been the peaceful, creative hub for all walks of life. Soul Sessions is an open space for one to let their soul be free and their voice is heard through open mic poetry.
We are housed at Ursula's Café located at 511 Jefferson Street Roanoke, Va.
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