Both events at Merrehope and The Daily Grind were standing room only crowds. The Literary Artists went beyond everyone's expectations.
Sherry Graupman, owner of The Daily Grind had this to say about the performances:
“It was very refreshing to see the talent here in Mississippi, especially the Meridian area. I would love to see Literary Artists on Stage again. I think it adds a lot to the culture here in the city. The event was very wide-spread, all different age groups being represented. The variety of things the artists wrote about was incredible.”
Laurel Harris, also of The Daily Grind, had this to say: “I was impressed that so many people showed up because I really didn’t think Meridian, a town of this size, had a draw for such creative outlets, and creative outlets so very well done. That’s what really shocked me. Not only were there so many people interested in this type event, but there were so many talented people. You had different talent levels, but the majority of them were shining stars is such a dark sea of artistic void. I liked that.”
The Literary Artists were just as positive and want to have a Literary Artists on Stage in their area. Tentative plans for LAOS are in the making for Laurel, Hattiesburg, Jackson, and Greenwood, Mississippi.
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