Young writers and poets from the southwest have a chance to dip their toes into the waters of sharing their art with the world tonight. 

A youth poetry open mic event at the Swift Current Branch Library, hosted by Write Out Loud Saskatchewan, invites anyone between the ages of 13 and 25 to  

Spoken word poet and hip-hop artist Dash Reimer organized the event to present opportunities to artists in rural and remote communities.  

“Our collective is running a prairie wide youth poetry festival this summer in Saskatoon,” he said. “And in preparation for that ... we got a micro grant to run some of these open mics to just see what are youth doing in Swift Current, in Prince Albert? What are they saying and thinking about? And would they be interested in coming to this larger prairie-wide summer event?” 

The co-director of Write Out Loud Saskatchewan has a decade of experience in performing his work to audiences and is a veteran in orchestrating functions like open mics. 

Sign-up for tonight's event begins at 6:45 p.m. as a first-come first-up basis, with poets tapping the mic at 7 p.m. Entry is free for the anyone to attend and support local talents. 

"Even if there's just young writers that want to come and read a story, just share an excerpt ... people write in all kinds of ways," Reimer added. "We just want to see what young people want to write and share about."