Taylor Mali Giveaway

Hello! Remember I was talking recently about Taylor Mali coming soon?


Well, as luck would have it, I have a four extra tickets. Don’t ask: it’s a long story. But hooray for you! Because now maybe you can go! For free!

So, if you’d like to win free tickets to see this awesome slam poet, please comment on this post before Sunday at 11:59 pm. Please tell me:

  • your favorite poet, poem, or literary line and
  • if you’d like 2 tickets only, 4 tickets only, or if you’d like 4 tickets but you’d settle for 2 tickets.

On Monday I’ll use random.org to choose a winner and they’ll get 4 or 2 tickets, as they choose, and if they’d prefer a pair of tickets, I’ll “random” again until I settle on someone else who’d like 2 tickets.Then I’ll email to confirm that I can get in touch with you, so make sure your information is correct, please!

I’ll announce the winner or winners on Monday night.

The details are below, because I’m just too lazy to try to think of a new and creative way to say them, and I fear some of you would be too lazy to click the link back. Am I just setting the bar way too low for all of us? Maybe. . . .

Good luck!


I’m super-excited because once again Taylor Mali will be appearing at our church, the First Unitarian Society of Schenectady, on Thursday, November 8th at 8 pm. I’ll be reminding you about this later with the listings, but I wanted to give him an early plug, because I went when he performed here last year, and it was amazing.  Tickets are $20/adult and $15/student, and Mali does this as a benefit for our youth group’s trip to volunteer for Safe Passage in Guatemala. Safe Passage offers education, support, and resources to the kids who live in the Guatemala City garbage dump.

Last year, Cute W and I went because we wanted to be supportive of our friend who organized it and the youth who were going, but we were really blown away by how great it was. We laughed (howled), we cried. To get a sense of what his performance is like, here’s a video of probably his most well-known-and-loved poem “What Teachers Make.” You should totally just click and watch it. Really. Come on, you’re not being productive, anyway. This is a few minutes, and it’s cult-cha!

The intended audience is really more teenager-to-adult. F-bombs may be dropped, grown-up topics are discussed. Last year Cute W and I went without the girls, and we thought that it was so terrific that we planned to bring the girls this year, anyway. We figured that they’ve heard swear words already, and his messages are worth it. Completely worth it. But then I had them watch one or two of his poems online, and they just were not into it yet. So, later. In any case, if you are trying to decide exactly whom you should take, keep in mind that it’s PG-13, and you can always sample a couple online before you make a decision. But you should go. You can make it a girls’ night out and follow it up with drinks. And then invite me along.

To purchase tickets, you can email Mindy at Mindy at alwiki@nycap.rr.com or leave me a comment and I’ll hook you up.


  1. Patti

    “The more that you read,
    the more things you will know.
    The more that you learn,
    the more places you’ll go.”
    – Dr. Seuss
    4 would be fun to share, but 2 would still be great!

  2. Meghan

    Shel Silverstein…..Falling up was a fave childhood book 🙂 and The Giving Tree is my little ones fave 🙂

    2 would be a great date night!

  3. Jill

    We haven’t bought our tickets yet! We’d love 2.

    ”Why are there trees I never walk under but large and melodious thoughts descend upon me?” – Walt Whitman

  4. Christine

    My fav poet as a child was, hands-down, Dr. Seuss! While I still smile when I see one of his books, Taylor Mali is my “adult” favorite….really! Amazingly enough, “What Teachers Make” is my favorite! “I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could. I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional Medal of Honor and an A- feel like a slap in the face.”

  5. Danielle

    What Teachers Make ~ Taylor Mali “I can make a C+ feel like a Congressional Medal of Honor”
    2 would be fun

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