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The Hook's Open Mic series is a flexible, low-stakes incubator series for novice and veteran wordsmiths. Writers, storytellers, and spoken word performers of all skill levels are welcome. Every event is different so sign up for our e-newsletter or follow us on Facebook for updates and details. See below for show themes. (And remember that we also offer 5 open mic slots at the beginning of Drop the Mic.)


1028 3rd St SE Cedar Rapids, IA

(Second floor of RAYGUN)

$5 at the door

Show at 7:30 pm . Doors at 7:00

Open Mic Rules and Advice:

  • Arrive early to snag one of 10 open mic slots by signing up at the door. 

  • Stick to 6 minutes. You will be timed and you'll receive a 5-minute warning. Practice and time yourself at home. We want to keep things moving and give all 10 open mic wordsmiths equal time. Seems only fair to us!

  • Stick to your original writing. 

  • Don't preface your writing. Have faith that it can stand on its own. As soon as you get on stage, your time starts.

  • Come prepared and knowing exactly which piece you'll present.

Still have questions?  Check out our FAQ for more info.​

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