As students wrote essays and calculated math problems Tuesday night in Newman Library, another group of students stepped up to the microphone and poured out their souls.
The “Open Mic Night” was the first of its kind and was held in front of the new Espresso Oasis Library Cafe, and will continue on the third Tuesday of every month.
Performers made up most of the audience, and many were from the Virginia Tech Creative Writing Club. At first, only three volunteers took to the stage, but slowly more volunteered.
“You can really relax and you can really express yourself without worrying about people criticizing you,” said Josh Vaught, a club member.
The club has 12 members so far, but is continuing to grow.
The club has done readings at the She-Sha and at Bollo’s Downtown, but the club wants to continue doing readings in relaxed, laid-back environments.
Kate Robertson, a performer at the event and creative writing major, read a few pieces, opening up to the small and intimate crowd.
“I’m really getting into creative non-fiction. I was editor-in-chief of Philologia, but haven’t had my own writing published yet.”
By the end of the performances, the tension dissipated as the audience got more comfortable, telling jokes and sharing stories that inspired the writings.
Organizers hope that the turnout continues to increase as word of the event is spreads through the community.