PLEASE NOTE: Originally scheduled for Friday, January 20th, we’ve moved the kickoff event to Saturday, January 21 (same time). We hope you’ll button up your overcoats and come on out!

Eastport Arts Center will offer a series of Cabin Fever Open Mics on Friday evenings, January 20, February 17 and March 10, from 6-8 pm. The free events will feature a traditional coffeehouse atmosphere, with snacks, coffee and tea on offer for attendees. Spoken word and musical performances, as well as other forms of ‘stepping up to the mic’ will be welcomed by the warm Arts Center audience. The maximum time slot is 10 minutes, but shorter acts and offerings are also welcome. EAC will provide a small sound system, and all interested in performing can sign up upon arrival at the event, or in advance by email.
The January event will feature poets Valerie Lawson and Michael Brown as opening act for the spoken word category; singer Lauren Koss will kick off the musical side of things with eclectic tunes and baritone ukulele. The initial event of the series has been made possible by the generous sponsorship of Eastport Family Pharmacy. Donations will be gratefully accepted.

Those who would like to sign up to perform or who have questions about their act should email Alison Brennan, EAC’s Education & Outreach Coordinator at
Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport and, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines. Additionally, at this time, the EAC recommends that people wear masks when in our building. More information about EAC programs may be found at

More about the featured spoken word performers for our winter series:
Poet Valerie Lawson has published work in numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies, as well as performing in the Slam/Spoken Word community in Boston and far flung places like Sweden and Ireland. When not editing and publishing other people’s books with Resolute Bear Press, she teaches Adult Education and tends the homestead in Robbinston, where she lives with her husband, Michael Brown. 

 Michael Brown moved to Chicago where he got caught up in the Poetry Slams and carried those to numerous venues throughout New England in the 1990s, most notably, he established the world-renowned Boston Poetry Slam at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge Massachusetts. When he and Valerie Lawson moved to Washington County, they took up publication of “Off the Coast” literary journal under the umbrella of Resolute Bear Press. 

Multi-instrumentalist Dan Cashore—who it is rumored will appear at the January EAC Open Mic!—is shown performing in January 2020. Photo by Robin Farrin.
Joan Lowden (from left), Helen Swallow, Alberta Hunter and Lauren Koss took the EAC Open Mic stage together in February 2020. Photo by Alison Brennan.