Bay Arts Alliance is continuing a much-loved tradition in Bay County, with a regular open mic night for writers.
The Writer’s Gallery was started by Lee Baker, of Northstar Church, as a poetry night at Rocky Shore Coffee Co. in 2010, but when Nick Mays began volunteering for the church, Lee asked Nick to take it over. It was renamed the Writer’s Gallery and became the longest-running, consecutive open mic night for writers in Bay County.
In the almost three years that the Writer’s Gallery ran, it moved around, first to the Purple Grape and then to Amavida, but when Nick moved to Pensacola, the project lost its leader, and eventually stopped running.
Local publishing group, The Syndicate, has been talking about relaunching the Writer's Gallery for a while now, so when we were planning to expand our programming at the Center for the Arts, it seemed like the perfect fit.
Once Nick gave his blessing, we were excited to bring the open-mic night back! Hopefully, you all are, too!