Tapestry holds Open Mic Night (package)

The Magnet Tribune: Miguel Zamarripa
Message on the chalk board welcomes visitors to open mic night.

Milton Hattem, staff writer

Dark pieces of literature seemed to be in the majority at Tapestry magazine’s Open Mic Night.

The event on October 16 took place in Tapestry magazine’s classroom in the Harding building

Ashley Ramirez’s Open Mic Night audience of nearly 30 students saw 18 pieces of literature presented. Ramirez is Tapestry adviser.

Ramirez explained the purpose of Open Mic Night.

You are sweet, you are fragile. You look like a boxer after a fight.”

— Lauren Melendez

“To generate student interest in Tapestry’s literary magazine that is printed at the end of the school year, and also to get possible submissions. What I mean by possible submissions is that not all submissions are guaranteed to be published in the magazine. It just depends on if it follows through the theme the magazine has,” she said.

According to Ramirez, “the event went really well. I got a lot of positive feedback,” along with a total of 20 items submitted.

The event began with Ramirez stating the beginning of the event and leting a student, senior Andrew Elizondo, begin with a poem titled “Bloodhounds.”

It started as follows:

“As the sniff the air for their next victim, I can’t help but notice the tension thicken. I feel so sicken. I can’t believe I just stood there as they took my friend, but I was so fear stricken that I had no choice but to run away. Shh listen,” he read.

During the rest of the time there were multiple students who went up and presented their pieces.

One of the students was freshman Lauren Melendez, whose poem, “Life in a Nutshell,” was presented. Here’s a sample.

“You are sweet, you are fragile. You look like a boxer after a fight. You grow a little, then a lot. You have good eyesight,” Melendez said.

Lastly, one of the last items presented was a poem read by senior Cristina Oviedo.

“I take a pencil in my hands and lay out some paper. These are my weapons. Without thinking, I let my thoughts flow. Word by word I let my heart speak without fear of being judged,” Oviedo said.

When asked why they wrote pieces of literature to a group of students the answers varied from Elizondo’s “it seemed interesting” to Oviedo’s, “To present something outside the box.”

Melendez added, “Let the people hear what I have to write.”

“Overall the event succeeded on its purpose and for students to present their hard work,” Ramirez said.