Poet and Literary Underground founder Michele McDannold's monthly Legit AF reading series celebrates its first anniversary in Michigan City's Uptown Arts District next Monday.
McDannold has given a stage at the Artspace Uptown Artist Lofts Building to local artists, and brought in notable writers from across the country.
"At the foundation of all our activities is the belief that the creative process and experience should not be reserved for those with disposable income," she said. "As long as there are voices that are marginalized, I'll keep turning the lights on. Working in this vein is essential to a thriving arts community. I feel very fortunate to be living and working in the Artspace Uptown Artists Lofts, inarguably an essential component to Michigan City's Uptown Arts District. This is my small but persistent way of giving back."
The one-year anniversary will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. June 12 in the new Quality Beet grocery store in Suit C of the Artspace Uptown Artist Lofts Building at 717 Franklin Street. Open mic sign-up begins at 5:30 p.m., and the space is accessible from the side alley.
Poet and performance artist Craig “Ultraviolence” Cady headlines as the featured performer. Cady, a USC graduate whose nickname alludes to "A Clockwork Orange" and whose aim is “to protect the world from the dehumanization and greed of the wealthy elite," is an artist in residence in Michigan City who has toured across the United States with musician and collaborator Lucas Carey.
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On Monday evening, there also will be an open stage that's open to everyone, though "subversive and marginalized voices are particularly appreciated." Attendees can borrow small press books from the Magical Jeep Distributing Library.
Over the first year of Legit AF, The Literary Underground has brought in writers from across the state, as well as Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, California and Ohio.
The event, which is not suitable for children, is free, though donations are encouraged to cover authors' travel expenses and help bring more into town.