Lyrical Graffiti, an IWU student group, has announced that its weekly open mic series, “Words that go BOOM!,” will resume this Saturday, September 12 in the Turfler Room of Memorial Center. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., with open mic starting at 8:00. It’s free, though a $2 donation is suggested. According to Corey McCord, Lyrical Graffiti president, “Poets, singers, banjo(ers), guitarists (or any one who plays an instrument), rappers, monologue readers, and listeners are welcome.”
McCord said that Lyrical Graffiti is also looking for volunteers to conduct poetry workshops at Unity Community Center, 632 Orlando Avenue, Normal. The Center serves inner city youth who may lack the skill sets necessary to excel in their respective grade levels. The children, who range from 5-14 years old, need help spelling words, understanding poetic concepts, and crafting poems. Volunteers must go through a brief training (upcoming sessions are Sept. 11, 14, 15, and 16 at 6:00 p.m., and volunteers would serve on Mondays. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org.