I have enjoyed being the guest editor for this issue of the Shot Glass Journal. During my time on the executive committee
of the New Zealand Poetry Society I attended over 20 poetry readings each year, and almost all of these included
an open mic session where experienced and first time readers would share their poetry. As I read
through the many submissions for issue #20, I felt like I was hearing the poets' voices, as though
I was at an extended open mic. Everyone stood in front of me and read their poems.
Open mic exemplifies all that is great about poetry. The willingness of a poet to share their words, thoughts, and in some cases, baring their souls, and an audience appreciating and applauding their work. As editor, I was that appreciative audience for all the readers who submitted their poems.
Now I present to you a selection from that grand open mic. So sit back, read, and listen to the many and varied voices of the poets that appear in Shot Glass Journal Issue #20.
– Lonnard Dean Watkins
Be sure to visit our Writers Archive section to read poets published in previous issues of Shot Glass Journal. Also visit our newly designed Muse-Pie Press website at www.musepiepress.com to read our Featured poets, some of whom first came to our notice through submissions to the Shot Glass Journal.