There was a great turnout for these poets with all the seats filled. Both Hiram and Kim are returning guests to this long running poetry series.
Right before the reading I learned that Minas has hosted a poetry reading for many years dating back to their earlier location in the Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore. The gallery moved two years ago to their current location in the funky Hampden neighborhood north of downtown. As anyone with experience with readings knows, you don't last as a series without establishing a reputation and the Minas reading is certainly respected for its knowledgeable and enthusiastic crowds. So we were very happy to have a reading there. The group received Kim and Hiram's work very warmly.
The second half of the reading was set aside for a small open mike for area poets and a few folks took part. Running through the reading, both Hiram & Kim's and the open mike section, was a desire to pay homage to the life of Barbara Simon who was a pillar in the Baltimore poetry scene. Every reader shared a few words about this very committed and socially-engaged poet and a few read poems in her honor.
Many thanks to Minas and our terrific hosts.
Here are a few other photographs from the reading.