WORD Open Mic Nights

05/26/2023 - 6:00pm

Got something to say? A song to sing? Some news to share with the community?

Do it at Open Mic Night at WORD Jersey City!

Join your host Emdash and WORD JC once a month(ish) and check out the many and varied talents your neighbors and community have to offer, and take the mic yourself to share your own!


Our next Open Mic Night is on Friday May 26, 2023, 6:00P - 7:30P

Sign ups for slots will start in-store at 5:45PM

Open Mic performers receive 3 minutes!


Features include

Justin Woo is a poet, filmmaker, screenwriter, and DJ. He represented Jersey City at the 2011 and 2012 National Poetry Slam. His films have won awards at the Almost Famous Film Festival and the Asian American Film Lab 72 Hour Shootout. He has been published in Spindrift Magazine.


RescuePoetix™ is the State of New Jersey Beat Poet Laureate (2022-2024) and was the first Puerto Rican woman to be appointed as Poet Laureate of Jersey City (2021-2022). As a New Jersey native, a poet and spoken word artist, she embraces artist entrepreneurship, writing and performing at live events since 2006 throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, and Mexico.

She was introduced and fell in love with Jersey City’s underground Arts diversity and, as a result, RescuePoetix™ emerged as an artist entrepreneur and arts business entity in 2011.

She has served on Nonprofit Boards since 2016, currently serving on the Board of Directors for In Full Color: Empowering Women of Color through Arts and education (Jersey City NJ); Co-Founder, OpenRoad Poetry (Jersey City, NJ); Co-Chair, Walk-Bye, USA Curator (Jersey City, NJ) and Co-Chair, Bergen County Players (Bergen County, NJ); and serves on committees for the Strategic Planning Committee, Art Pride NJ, Hudson County Chamber of Commerce/Hudson Gives, Hudson County Committee College Poetry Committee, and Paterson Performing Arts Development Council, as well as being the Regional Leader for Free Mom Hugs - New Jersey (Hudson County).


Marina Carreira (she/they) is a queer Luso-American poet artist from Newark, NJ. She is the author of Tanto Tanto (Cavankerry Press, 2022) and Save the Bathwater (Get Fresh Books, 2018) . She has exhibited her art at the Newark Museum, Morris Museum, ArtFront Galleries, West Orange Arts Council, Monmouth University Center for the Arts, among others. Keep up with her at hellomarinacarreira.com


Plus live painting by Athena Toledo


Open Mic Nights are hosted by:

Emily Lu Gao (“Emdash”, she/they) is a poet, writer and daughter of Chinese immigrants. Her poetry has been performed at La Palabra Gallery, San Diego Art Institute and Historic Filipinotown LA; her words have been published in Kissing Dynamite, Queer Rain & The Good Life Review, The Bellingham Review as well as forthcoming in sine theta & poetry.onl. Her work aims to heal, grow and decolonize. She graduated from Pitzer College majoring in Asian American Studies. Currently they are a 2nd Year Poetry MFA candidate at Rutgers-Newark where she also teaches undergraduates. Twitter & IG: @emdashsays


In person at WORD JC, 29 McWilliams Pl, Jersey City, NJ. 

Do not attend the event if you are feeling ill. Location and time subject to change.

Masks are appreciated



If you're interested in being considered as a feature act for future open mics,, please contact Emdash (emily.lu.gao@gmail.com)

If you're a vendor/non-profit who'd like to set up a table during the event, please contact Mindy (events@wordbookstores.com)

If you have additional questions about Open Mic Night, please contact Mindy (events@wordbookstores.com)

RSVP Form: