Open Mic Night at Books on Main showcases creative talents – The Fort Morgan Times

Open Mic Night at Books on Main showcases creative talents – The Fort Morgan Times

Roy Chavez, a Native American, told the story of his life and how the American Government gave him his name and is a survivor of the Native American Boarding Schools during CACE Open Mic Night at Books on Main in Fort Morgan, Thursday evening. (Robin Northrup/Fort Morgan Times)

CACE invited all local writers, poets, and performers to the Open Mic Night on Thursday at Books on Main in Fort Morgan. The event attracted a crowd of creatives for a night of showcasing their talents. Ryan Burmester, an experienced stand-up comic, emceed the event.

Open Mic Night is a popular event for CACE, MCC Center for Arts and Community Enrichment, and is organized by CACE Coordinator Suzanna Spears.

“Everyone has their own reasons for performing here this evening,” Spears said. “Some have written books and read pieces from them, another is a comedian, a poetry writer and a presenter.  It’s a great way to share a little bit about yourself with the community, and Books on Main does a great job of representing these authors by offering their books for sale in the store.”

One comment from the crowd included how impressed they were by the quality and diversity of the performers. Another said, “We had some amazing talent tonight. There was so much creativity and originality of the performers.”

Alicia Stewart, owner of Books on Main, said there was an excellent turnout for the event, with more than 20 people.

“My hope is that we will implement an Open Mic Night at least once a quarter, depending on community engagement,” she said.

At the conclusion of the evening, Spears discussed CACE and the projects they work on and invited everyone to join one of their committees. To learn more about CACE, visit their website at

Books on Main is a used bookstore with some new books and deals in special orders. There is a full coffee bar and pastry case open during business hours. You can shop offerings of local crafters and authors who sell through consignment. They host several events including book club, crafters night, chess club and board game night. Books on Main periodically holds special public events, including book signings. You can visit the store at 302 Main St. in Fort Morgan or follow them for upcoming events and store specials on their Facebook page at

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