Wm. Van's Coffee House

After Hours | Spoken Word Open Mic

Wm. Vans will host After Hours Spoken Word Open Mic the second Wednesday of each month.  This December event features speaker is Amy Sayre Baptista.  Amy’s writing has appeared in The Best Small Fictions 2017Ninth LetterThe ButterAlaska Quarterly Review, and other journals. Her flash fiction chapbook published September 2018 from Black Lawrence Press. She has received a SAFTA fellowship, a CantoMundo Poetry fellowship, and a scholarship  to the Disquiet Literary Festival in Lisbon, Portugal. She performs with Kale Soup for the Soul, a Portuguese-American artist’s collective, and Poetry While You Wait. She is a cofounder of Plates&Poetry, a community arts program focused on food and writing. She earned an MFA in fiction at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and she teaches humanities at Western Governors University. She lives in Illinois.

Local artists are invited to speak at the open mic.  Please sign up with the emcee at the event.  Time will be limited based upon the number of speakers.  

Wm. Van's will provide a limited drink menu to avoid using loud equipment during the event to be respectful to the event, guests, and speakers. 




  • Mon- Thurs 7am - 3pm • Fri - Sun 7am - 7pm