Bio: Fitz (aka Molly Fitzpatrick) is a slam poet based out of Spokane, WA. She had the exciting honor of being a part of Spokane’s 2015 National Poetry Slam team in Oakland, California this year. She has been published in the October 2015 issue of Riverlit and has a chapbook entitled Boom Boom, Break Break that is available at Auntie’s Bookstore.
Talk to us a bit about community, about yourself as an artist, and about PorchFest, please…
I joke that I “drank the kool-aid” at the National Poetry Slam and so I’ll take any opportunity I can to perform and be around other artsy folk. However the concept of this particular event seemed especially cool and I loved the idea of yelling about my feelings on a porch where people actually stopped to listen.
I have friends that live in the area. That’s where Ink Art Space is located and where cool skillshops exist that I like to go to. Also the restaurants are fantastic.
I think of community less in geographical terms and more like a chosen family. A Community is a group of people that share something very important in common and then choose to connect and care for one another. That thing they share can be a neighborhood, an identity, a love of poetry etc. The important thing is the caring part. I think Spokane is awesome at that part.
I think one of the most basic things I can do to build community is to just actively participate in it. In the past for me that’s been a lot of activist work with local non-profits. Right now it looks more like going to as many poetry events as I can and actively supporting other artists with my cheers or my dollars etc. It means being open and inclusive to new folks who want to join in the fun. I hope to be able to continue to introduce new friends to the arts scene in Spokane and be able to connect more of the different communities I’m a part of together.
5- What do you hope to accomplish at PorchFest? What do you want to help PorchFest accomplish?I hope that there are people attending who’ve never been to a Spokane Poetry event and that they connect with my performance and the performances of my friends and ideally at least one person asks me what other performance poetry stuff happens in this lovely city. Beyond that I mostly hope to hear and see a lot of cool stuff and maybe make at least one new friend.