The Blah Blah Blah Poetry Spot
Catch the Blah Blah Blah Poetry Spot happening every Wednesday at Jandro's on the St. Mary's Strip. Doors and sign up open at 8pm. For more info, follow us on IG at Write Art Out Inc.
The Blah Blah Blah Poetry Spot was founded in January of 2011 as a collaborative between local poets and supporters of the performing arts in the greater San Antonio area. Founding members included: Paul Gerard Wilkinson Jr., Rooster Martinez, Travis Snell, Diamond Mason, Tomas (Rayner Shyne) Castillo-Roque, Nicholas Hernandez, Sarah Timmons, J Alejandro Haffner and Aron (Face) Lee. The first Blah Blah Blah Poetry Spot show was held on Feburary 1 2011 at Red Square Bar.
Within a year, new organizers joined the collaborative, including Michael Gomez, Anastasio Palomo, Sarah Rodriguez (now, Executive Director of Fresh Ink Youth Slam), Paul Wise, and Kristen Almanza. In addition to the open mics, the Blah Blah Blah collective sent poets to compete at Texas Grand Slam Poetry Festival in Bryan/College Station, partnered with educators and began workshop with middle school students at Irving Middle School, held writing workshops at Haven for Hope Homeless Shelter, created a summer writing program entitled - Voice and Verse: Teen Writing Series at Ingram Branch Library, volunteered to wrap Christmas gifts with Elf Louise, and funded a trip of competing poets at Southwest Shootout 2012 in Tulsa, OK.
Since then, the Blah Blah Blah Poetry Spot has grown, but the mission has always remained the same - give back to the communities from which all our writers come from. In the subsequent years, Blah poets and organizers have continued their best efforts sending teams of poets to regional and nationally recognized poetry slams each year, resurrecting Fresh Ink Youth Slam as an organization, and featuring/work shopping with students throughout South Texas.
In 2016, to better advance their agenda, the collective, which began as the Blah Blah Blah Poetry Spot, reorganized and restructured itself to become Write Art Out. Through Write Art Out, the collective seeks to create itself as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, create more literary programs, fund literary artists for the advancement of their craft, and create new platforms for more artists.