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Visit an Open-Mic Coffeehouse or Poetry Reading

General Education Capstone Course

Event/Experience Details and Guideline Form

General Education Category Event Should Be Listed Under: Humanities

SCC Competency Addressed by Event: Describe the scope and variety of works in the humanities (e.g., literature, philosophy and language). Articulate an informed response to popular or classical works in the humanities. 

Event Experience Title: Visit a coffeehouse open-mic night or poetry reading. 

Anticipated Learning Outcome: To address how the language of poetry and/or short fiction or creative nonfiction can deepen one’s appreciation of the imagination and gain insight to social, cultural, or historical circumstances.

Guidelines for Accomplishment of Event:

Write a minimum 4-page paper entry based on attending one of the open-mic events listed below. 

  • While at the event, take notes on a particular theme, type of poetry or writing. Take note of the response of the audience and your response. 
  • What did you like or dislike about the readings? Were their writings on social, cultural or personal themes? If so, find an article that discusses that theme and incorporate it into your paper. 
  • Was the language of the readings easy to relate to and understand or obscure?  Give examples. 
  • Did you find a universal theme, dilemma or viewpoint that could attract any audience? If so, articulate an informed personal position on it.  Find an article that supports your position and incorporate it into your paper. 
  • What were one or two readings that impacted you and why? 
  • Before writing your paper, organize your ideas. Your insight and evaluation of this activity is an important component of the paper. Your paper should also exhibit clarity, specifics, conciseness and correct mechanics.
  • Your paper should have a research component, works cited page and proper MLA style.

Event Contact:

  • The Coffeehouse at St. Charles Community College. See www.stchas.edu/calendar. Free. 636-922-8407.
  • Saint Charles Coffee House, 3821 McClay Rd., St. Peters; every Tues. night. Free.  636-922-1566.
  • St. Louis Poetry Center’s Genesis Coffee House, 6018 Delmar (U. City Loop), St. Louis; 7:30-10 p.m. Fridays. Free. 314-726-4063.
  • Legacy Books & Café, 5249 Delmar, St. Louis. 9 p.m. Fridays. Free. 314-862-4226.
  • Open Door Studio, 2111 Cherokee, St. Louis. 6-7:30 p.m. Fridays. Free. 314-776-0444.
  • Shugga’s Coffee House, 3149 Shenandoah, St. Louis. 7-9 p.m. Fridays. Free. 314-776-9200. 
  • Venice Café, 1903 Pestalozzi St., St. Louis. 9:30 p.m. Mondays. Free. 314-772-5994.
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church’s Coffee House, 3670 Arsenal, St. Louis. 7 p.m. Fridays. Free. 314-776-3970.
  • St. Louis Poetry Slam at the Red Sea, 6513 Delmar, St. Louis. 9 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. $5 Admission. 314-776-7378.

SCC Event Creators: Teddy Norris and Scottie Priesmeyer

Estimated Time for Full Completion – Attend the event, travel and write paper entry:  3-4 hours.