WORD Open Mic Nights

01/27/2023 - 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 January 27, 2022, 6:00P - 7:30P

Sign ups for slots will start in-store at 5:30PM


Featuring performances from:

Leslie McIntosh (all pronouns respectfully used) is black, male presenting, male attracted, autistic, an older millennial, a poet, a fictionist, &. Leslie has received support, in the form of residencies and fellowships, from Breadloaf, Callaloo, Millay Arts, The Watering Hole, Zoeglossia, and more. Leslie's work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Foglifter, Obsidian, Split This Rock, Southern Humanities Review, Witness, and in the forthcoming anthology, In the Tempered Dark: Contemporary Poets Transcending Elegy (Black Lawrence Press, 2024). Leslie is an Assistant Poetry Editor at Newfound and lives on the stolen land of the Munsee Lenape, currently known as Jersey City, NJ, USA.


Ysabel Y. González, received her BA from Rutgers University and an MFA in Poetry from Drew University. Ysabel has received invitations to attend VONA, Tin House, Ashbery Home School and BOAAT Press workshops. She’s a CantoMundo Fellow and has been published in Tinderbox Journal; Anomaly; Vinyl; Waxwing Literary Journal, and others.  She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of Wild Invocations (Get Fresh Books, 2019). You can read more at www.ysabelgonzalez.com.

Aurelia Luciano (@goldenlightpoetry) is a Dominican American poet that writes about her life experiences as a millennial black, Latinx woman. Aurelia goes by the alias ‘Golden Light Poetry’ because both of her first and last names translate into ‘A Golden Light’ in Latin and Italian. She began writing at the age of 10 and only in 2021 did she begin sharing her work with the world through organizations like JC Art Productions, NJ Theatre Alliance, and publications through Olney Magazine.  Aurelia is a community event host/curator, doula, caregiver, single mother to a rockstar and is the light of her own life. She resides in northern NJ and is currently working on piecing together her debut poetry book, Evergreen.


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)

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