How does Open Mic work?
- 7:00-7:10pm – we check in, sign up to read, greet each other and celebrate victories
- 7:10-7:30pm – our Featured Reader presents
- 7:30-7:55 – Readers share in order of sign-up. Plan on 3 minutes. If there is plenty of time, attendees will get a 2nd opportunity to read.
About our Featured Reader:
Mike Matson is a lifelong Kansan who succeeded in a professional career touching various aspects of communications: Radio deejay, radio news, TV news, press secretary to a governor, systems advocacy, leadership development and newspaper columnist.
This career success paralleled an addiction-related downward trajectory highlighted by much of the drama one would associate with such behavior. This dichotomy is the premise of Courtesy Boy: A True Story of Addiction. Courtesy Boy comes on the heels of Matson’s first book, Spifflicated, a family memoir chronicling his father’s troubled, yet colorful childhood with alcoholic parents.
His motivation in writing the book is to help those suffering and their loved ones connect the dots between the destructive traits and behaviors – and the potential for addiction. In so doing, infuse some fresh air into the oppressive stigma that clings to addiction and mental health.
Matson lives where he was born, in Manhattan, Kansas, with his wife and two Australian Shepherds.