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A barely audible "Hi" escaped the lips of the timid young woman on stage, as she faced the crowd packed tightly into cafe and cultural space Onomatopoeia.The Thursday night audience erupted into thunderous applause at the end, and with that, the first installment of a new biweekly open mic night event called The Writer's Bloc kicked off. The now-emboldened performer melted back into the crowd.The event, organized by a collective called the Poetry Pot, had initially begun as a monthly gathering last year, but founder Majd Shidiac quickly realized this scheduling wouldn't provide enough time for the throng of people interested in performing.This week, to mark the end of the event's first month run, the red carpet covering the underground space's floor was barely visible as people crowded in to sit in the dimly lit room.
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