The Witchesâ€™ Brew CafÐ¹â€™s first poetry night will take place at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Owners Leigh Hewitt and Kym Miller have high hopes for the event, which will have featured poets and an open mic.
â€œPoetry Nightâ€™s just going to infuse this place,â€ said Hewitt.
The event will begin with short readings from the featured poets, Devona Rocke Wyant, S.M. Hall and Barry Deitz.
All are regulars at the cafÐ¹. Wyant is a well-known poet and activist, Hall already has poems framed on the cafÐ¹â€™s walls, and Deitzâ€™s background is in Southern storytelling.
â€œItâ€™s a diverse crowd,â€ Hewitt said.
A number of poets, both young and old, have signed up for the open mic portion of the evening.
The owners hope the list of readers grows and that even timid poets will get up and read their work.
â€œCome in and try it,â€ said Miller. â€œItâ€™s the best way to overcome your fear.â€
No restrictions have been placed on the poetry â€” performers are simply reminded to keep the cafÐ¹â€™s family-oriented environment in mind.
Tuesdayâ€™s poetry night has been in the works since the women opened the cafÐ¹. The event is especially close to Hewittâ€™s heart, who is â€œan English major by nature and by training.â€
â€œPoetry just speaks to your soul and helps you work through lifeâ€™s mysteries, lifeâ€™s trouble, everything,â€ she said.
The cafÐ¹ owners plan to make Poetry Night a monthly event.
Itâ€™s just part of their plan to create an artistic atmosphere at the cafÐ¹ with art decorating the walls, poets writing and featured musicians playing.
â€œTheyâ€™re creating magic everyday, and thatâ€™s kind of the point of why weâ€™re here,â€ Hewitt said.
by Sarah Grano