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Art Bar poetry readings generally feature three poets performing their own work for twenty minutes, followed by ten poets each reading not more than three minutes on an open-stage. Featured poets are invited guests, and occasionally will be accompanied by musicians. Anyone from the audience is welcome to participate on the open-stage.
There is ample time between sets for people to talk with the featured poets, buy books and CDs, and get books signed (even if they were not bought at the Art Bar).
Theme nights are the exception to this format. These vary from year to year and include such nights as our annual Valentine's reading, Black History Night and Discovery Night. Occasionally, there is an All Open-Stage night.