Season 3: Naked Lunch Break

On Thursday, Jan. 9, Naked Lunch Break kicks off its third season with a dynamic presentation by Kelly Rae Mathews, EWU anthropology and creative writing graduate. Why are poets important? Mathews will tell you why, and the reasons will surprise you. She will examine the ways in which performance poets build sustainable community. Poets build community through mentoring, a sense of shared intimacy and rituals of performance, and interactive listening, as well as expression of self. Performance poets have a unique way of expressing themselves that is available to all. The exchange of ideas and sharing of experiences makes for a sustainable and growing community as well as creative entrepreneurship.

Poetry, fiction, and non-fiction open mic readers (3-minute limit) will precede and follow Kelly’s presentation.

Free pizza for all (until it’s gone).

Open mic sign-up starts at 11:30am, pizza arrives shortly thereafter, readings and other shenanigans start at noon and end when everyone has read or 1:30pm (whichever comes first).

All are welcome. Parental discretion is advised. This event is aimed at university students and other adults; some material presented may contain language or subject matter that may or may not be suitable for children.

When: Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., during winter quarter.

Where: Phase 1 Auditorium at Riverpoint. More info here:

Parking: Info here:

Sponsored by EWU Libraries, with special thanks to the Riverpoint Campus Community.