The Golden Thyme Coffee Café and the Saint Paul Almanac are pleased to announce the "Soul Sounds Open Mic," hosted by Tish Jones! Every Thursday from 6 p.m.–8p.m., first Thursdays also see a special writing workshop at 5 p.m. All ages are welcome, and there is no cover charge. See an overview of who's performing in the Winter 2013-2014 Season.

April 17, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic's National Poetry Month Celebration


Tonight we honor the reason we are in the room! April is National Poetry Month and, tonight, we honor the poets. Bring your favorite poem or poem number seventeen in your 30/30 series or just listen as we fill the space with new, old, polished, and imperfectly perfect poems from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. It is going to be great!

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April 10, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic featuring the Be Heard MN Youth Slam Team


From January to March 2014, over one hundred young Minnesotans were deeply engaged in the Be Heard MN Youth Poetry Slam Series, a program of TruArtSpeaks. The slam identifies six young people to represent the State of Minnesota in the international Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Slam Festival. Tonight, Soul Sounds Open Mic will host a few of the team members and engage with them about their experience as youth poets throughout the process, while also listening to and experiencing their art.

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April 3, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic featuring Mark K. Tilsen with Writing Workshop


Mark Kenneth Tilsen is a Jewish Oglala Lakota poet and philosopher born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He currently is studying at Hamline University and trying to find a way back home after graduation. A sometimes activist, he can be found scribbling in his notebook at Kopplin's coffee house when hiding from irate professors.

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March 27, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic presents "Words on Womyn"

Photo: Angela Sevin/Flickr

Tonight is a night of true celebration! Tonight, we honor the womyn in our lives—those who teach us, those who taught us, those challenge us, those who birthed us, and those who spit fire on the mic and make our jaws drop! Bring all of your favorite material by womyn writers or bring an ode to womyn, a womyn, or just bring yourself in the spirit of honoring these beautiful souls. We can't wait to see you!

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March 20, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic with Liz Lassiter


Music, to Liz Lassiter, is purpose. Music is transformative. Music is a process for all spirits involved in creating it. Ultimately, music defines itself differently for different people and that is the beauty of it.

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March 13, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic with Mahmoud El-Kati/Sankofa Series


MAHMOUD EL-KATI is a lecturer, author, and commentator on the African American experience. El-Kati is Professor Emeritus of History at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. El-Kati hosts a weekly public affairs radio show called “Reflections and Connections” on KMOJ radio in the Northside of Minneapolis. He also moderates a monthly viewing and discussion on various Black classic films at the Fourth Fridays at the Movies held at Golden Thyme Cafe in St. Paul.

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March 6, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic with Andrea Jenkins and writing workshop


Andrea Jenkins is a poet and writer living and working in the Twin Cities. She is currently employed by the Minneapolis City Council as a Senior Policy Aide. As an African American, Out Transgender Woman she has faced her share of significant challenges, however she continues to move on with grace, dignity, and pride. She has performed with Leslie Feinberg, Kate Bornstien and Minnie Bruce Pratt to name a few.

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February 27, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic: "Voices from the Margins"


A mic dedicated to more radical poetry. A mic that looks back on the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance, the Beat Generation, early protest Hip Hop and all of the new contemporary and potent forms of protest & testimonial poetry/music. We want to hear from those who have had to force their way to center stage. We want to hear what is on the heart of the people. This is your microphone.

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February 20, 2014 - Soul Sounds Open Mic with Kevin Moore


In 2010, Kaoz re-emerged onto the hip hop scene, collaborating with numerous hip hop, pop and R&B artists from across the country. The Tyler Durden EP (Experience) released June 2010, was followed up by The Tyler Durden Mixtape (released August 2010) completing the Fight Club trifecta. Kaoz is releasing an album entitled, Enter-SexTions early 2013, and more recently executive produced a full length hip hop CD Real Talk–which tackles HIV/STI prevention, stigma and homophobia (released 10/25/11).

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