Three Peaks Review takes the stage at Open Mic Night

Madison Pankratz, Proof Reader

Three Peaks Review offered students and community members alike the opportunity to participate in Open Mic Night at Common Grounds Coffee on Nov. 15.

First up to perform a written piece was BHSU professor Bradyn Johnson. Johnson recited a variety of poems, kicking off the event. Following him was eight other writers showcasing some             of their best work.

Writers ranged from first time amateurs to people who have been writing their entire lives. Approximately 40 people attended the event, providing a welcoming audience for upcoming writers.

President of Three Peaks Review, Joe Mitchell said, “One specific highlight was when a member of the Spearfish community, Marsha Mittman, went up to the mic. She not only read us some unique pieces that covered topics of love and living in New York City, but also gave a short speech on crafting written pieces. She discussed the importance of taking time to be alone while writing and making an effort to write something down everyday.”

Mitchell organized the event and posted information all over town in preparation.

In addition to Mittman’s performance, Mitchell said one of the highlights of the event “was seeing how many people came to read, as well as the wide variety of readers. We started off with only a couple 3PR members volunteering to read, but other students, members of the community and BH staff showed up to               read as well.”

Sophomore Isabel Litzen, majoring in outdoor education and minoring in journalism and creative writing, introduced each speaker and entertained the audience between performances.

Litzen said, “I really enjoyed being able to hear all of the talent that BHSU has to offer. Being the emcee was fun because I got to introduce everyone and make them feel kind of famous.”

Three Peaks Review have a variety of other events coming soon in the future months. Jan. 11 is the deadline to enter their winter writing contest. The theme of this year’s contest is “blizzard” and a variety of different creative works will be accepted. Winners will receive publishing in the spring edition of the Three Peaks Review.