Catch Mr. Hip’s Reading and Raffle for Poetry and Youth  

by Jacquelyn Malone

Mr. Hip (Donald Vincent)

Mr. Hip (Donald Vincent)

In this season of giving and celebrating, here is an event you won’t want to miss – Mr. Hip’s Benefit Raffle and Poetry Reading to raise money for books for youth. The two-prong evening is from 6:00 to 8:00 on December 20 at ROOM83 Gallery, 83 Spring Street, Watertown. Mr. Hip is on a mission to make poetry once again hip!

The program is presented in coordination with READBOSTON,  Boston’s Mayor Walsh’s early literaracy program; 826 Boston,  a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting youth ages 6 through 18; and Grub Street’s Young Adult writer’s Program,

Here are three ways you can participate:

1.     Attend the reading, which includes this wonderful line-up: January Gill O'Neil, Adam Fitzgerald (virtually), Simeon Berry, Cecily Iddings, Michael Morency, and Donald Vincent.  Classical Pianist Kyle Aaron will be providing the house music. Admission is either $10 or the donation of a new or barely used book. Remember: it’s at 6:00 to 8:00 on December 20 at ROOM83 Gallery, 83 Spring Street, Watertown.

2.     Buy a raffle ticket for only $5. Or you can try to rig the game in your favor by buying multiple tickets!  Either way you will be in the running to win autographed books by Dara Weir (poet and professor), James Franco (actor, director, and poet), Jbari Asim ( professor and executive editor of the NAACP’s Crisis Magazine), and poets Kelin Loe, Luke Bloomfield, Richard Hoffman, and Emily Pettit. The prizes also include handmade jewelry by Paige Taggart and Kristilyn (Zombie Romance), and artwork by Scott Francoeur, BP Black Piscasso, and Donald Vincent. Check out more on the prizes.  And buy your tickets here. Winners will be announced on the website and twitter account throughout the reading on the 20th.

3.     This is really important – on December 16th and 17th you can help get the message out on social media through #HipKidsRead. Tweet or post Instagrams or Facebook messages about the reading and the raffle and about the importance – how hip it is! - of youth reading. Also post the names of your favorite books. Help build momentum – help Mr. Hip build a groundswell of excitement about the December 20th event and about how hip it is to read poetry!

Mr. Hip Presents is one of Boston's most engaging and interactive monthly reading series. This is the only reading series in the area that incorporates poetry, spoken word, and live jazz music hosted at handpicked local galleries specializing in visual and mixed media art. The convergence of all these different types of expression makes for a lively night and the creator and host, Donald Vincent, also known as Mr. Hip, encourages the use of social media throughout the event to bring the excitement of the activities.