PLU Open Mic featuring Karen Murphy
Going strong, all summer long: PLU Open Mic last week featured a poet visiting all the way from our lovely land of down under: Karen Murphy! We went late, late, late, thanks to all your wonderful and amazing contributions, packing out 2 full rounds of poetry, music, comedy, and other wild artistic expectorations!
As tradition dictates, PLU stalwart René began by confessing to A shitty thing I did, while everybody’s sweetheart Lauren read us some of Frank O’Hara’s work to warm us up for her homesick ode: There’s no place like home. With barely enough time to recover, virgin Ash blew us away, with a stunning rendition of Ben Howard’s Esmeralda, while slameur Kamel aka. “L’Insaisissable” told us of his francophone woes with Envie d’une vie. Photo-poetess Kelly shared her Paris-Beirut sibling connection with I feel like an alien, and multilingual songbird Maria gave us French and English renditions of songs from Lola Blau, a German musical. Following, we had virgin Rémi and Conor, the Irish Lover of Hounds, told us the story of a family of things, thinging things in a thing fashion, before Ethan closed out the first round of Open Mic. The stage sufficiently warmed up, Karen Murphy, our special guest from Australia, wowed the audience.
After a the necessary smoke/drink/god-blessed fresh air break, Round 2 included: Milena and her enchatning vocals and guitar to the stage, paving ths way for virgin Bruce, virgin Timothée V, featured performer Karen Murphy followed by a late night with: Troy, Louisa, Eliott, René, Elisa, Lorenzo, Jovan, DRNB and Ash.
Karen Murphy is a poet and multimedia artist from Perth, Western Australia. She’s currently studying a PhD in Poetry and electronic literature at Curtin University on a full-time scholarship. In 2012 and 2013 she coordinated the WA Poetry Festival for WA Poets Inc (now known as the Perth Poetry Festival) and served two years as Co-Chair. Karen has performed her poetry at the Perth Poetry Festival, the Beautfort Street Festival and was highly commended in the 2013 Poetry d’Amour Love Poetry Competition. She’s published poems and short stories in literary journals and anthologies around Australia and is currently working on her first major work in digital media.