By Audrey Dimola
I’m a proud Long Island City/Astoria native, and I feel very grateful to be among the ranks of Queens writers and curators I admire with the founding of this new series. “Nature of the Muse” came out of many things – my experiences as a writer, reader, curator, audience member, and writing workshop participant, as well as a lover of improv and the unexpected – what happens when you push creative people to produce work in the moment and share it with spectators. The events are meant to be experiential for everyone involved – thus far, I’ve featured several local writers sharing their previously written work, with a twist.
How it works: Everyone in the audience writes a prompt on a slip of paper (a word, phrase, song lyric, image, anything!), and then each writer chooses a random prompt they will use as a jumping point for a piece they will compose on the spot, which will then be presented to the crowd at the end of the night! In this way, we can see different sides of each participant’s talents – what moved them to write on their own time, and then what happens when they write LIVE from a random trigger.
The inaugural event, staged by the gorgeous fire in LIC Bar’s carriage house, was so fun and outrageous – and really exemplary of the range of talents in Queens. Going forward I’m aiming to have the series drift through the borough every few months in interesting locations, perhaps even working in multi-disciplinary performances, but at its core, “Nature of the Muse” will always play with themes of inspiration and on-the-spot creation. If you’d like to get involved (not only limited to writers – musicians, playwrights, artists, etc.) please contact Audrey via her website.
The next “Nature of the Muse” event will be by the fire at LIC Bar once more before the warmer weather sets in – Thursday, April 4th @ 7:30pm. Featuring: Aida Zilelian-Silak, Tim Fredrick, Joe Yoga, and Greg Kirkorian, with special guests Siobhan O’Loughlin and Tam Lin/Paul Weinfield. Details on this and past events: http://audreydimola.com/tag/nature-of-the-muse/.