I started reading at open mics about a year ago, with the intent of simply sharing what I read with others. While these events are generally catered to musicians, I received a nice amount of praise from my poems. But because of the large amount of musicians versus poets, I felt as if nobody was even listening to what I was reading. I considered to stop going, but my faith in reading was restored, as witnessed in the video. Please excuse the disheveled look. Obviously, I had no idea I’d be filmed by the Los Angeles Times.