• EMW Bookstore (map)
  • 934 Massachusetts Avenue
  • Cambridge, MA, 02139
  • United States

In March 2005, EMW Bookstore held its first monthly open mic. Now, over 132 open mics later, East Meets Words is one of the longest running Asian American open mic series in the country, and one of the main hubs of Asian American art and activism on the east coast.

At this curated open mic, participants can sign up to sing, spit, dance, play music, or share a story. Everyone is welcome. The space is especially appreciative of work that challenges stereotypes and amplifies marginalized voices. Participants does not need to be of Asian or Pacific Islander decent to perform, but our space will prioritize those voices. Time is set aside at each open mic for community announcements, meant to raise awareness about social justice issues in the greater Boston area.

Each month, we also feature an Asian / Pacific Islander artist or group, who will perform a full-length set after the open mic portion of the evening. Past features have ranged from nationally known artists such as Beau Sia and Kelly Tsai to local creatives like you and me. 

We strive to create a safer space and a platform for artists and non-artists to perform work of all stages. Everyone is welcome to attend and sign up on the open mic. The space is especially appreciative of work that challenges stereotypes and amplifies marginalized voices - prioritizing API performers. Time is set aside at each open mic for community announcements, meant to raise awareness about social justice issues in the greater Boston area.

Schedule

7:00PM | Doors Open
7:30PM | Open Mic Starts
8:30PM | Community Annoucements
8:45PM | Continue Open Mic
9:30PM | Feature