Blah Blah Blah Literary Open Mic

Hosted by Wordier Than Thou

This open mic is anything but blah!
Bring your finest prose or a true story to share. Everyone gets 7 minutes on the stage to present their work.
Monthly theme and featured author TBA.
The Open Mic Rules:
1. Every reader gets 7 minutes to share their work.
2. We’ll limit each event to just 10 readers.
3. Toss your name in the bucket when you arrive. Names will be chosen at random.
4. Tickets are $5. Advance purchase encouraged. Ticket link coming soon.
6. Share a piece inspired by the monthly theme to be eligible for a prize and honor of audience favorite of the evening.


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Featuring Kerry Kriseman
Kerry Kriseman is a St. Petersburg native. She was born in St. Anthony’s Hospital, the same hospital where her grandmother was an OB/GYN nurse and where her daughter was born. She is a graduate of University of South Florida with a B.A. in Mass Communications/Broadcasting.
Her professional career spans 30 years with a 10-year stint as a stay-at-home mom, raising her two children (Jordan, 25, and Samuel, 20), volunteering in the community and serving on multiple non-profit boards.
Kerry worked in print media for the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) in various positions in the Newsroom and Marketing Department. When her youngest child Samuel began Kindergarten in 2008, she joined Creative Clay as the public relations manager. The non-profit creates equality through art with programs for individuals with neuro-differences.
Kerry and her family are volunteer puppy raisers for Southeastern Guide Dogs. They are now raising their 13th guide dog puppy in training, Gigi. Five of the pups raised are working guides. One is a Gold Star Family Dog. Two are beloved family pets. Another was designated a Southeastern Guide Dog Ambassador. The remaining two are Kriseman family pets.
Kerry has served as mentor with the “Take Stock in Children” program in Pinellas County Schools since 2014. She also volunteers at Tampa General Hospital in their pet therapy program, with former guide-dog-puppy-in-training, Christie, now a family pet and certified therapy dog.
Kerry is the author of Accidental First Lady: On the Front Lines and Behind the Scenes of Local Politics, published by St. Petersburg Press. The memoir recounts her 22 years as a political spouse to her lawyer-turned-politician husband, Rick Kriseman, St. Petersburg Mayor from 2014-2022.
Historical dramas, traveling, scratch cooking, drinking wine, daily walks, and daily walks Kerry’s free time.

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