A Word About Vetted Word
Tom Boyle’s Name Dropping with Tom Boyle, by Tom Boyle owes its existence to Vetted Word. Vetted Word is a community of artists coming together to produce live performances of the written word with a corresponding web-based literary digest. This column was hatched there.
Born in 2009, Vetted Word is the brainchild of Olga Rosales and grew from “7 Minutes in Heaven”, an open mic forum, to “The Vetted Word Showcase”, a monthly production including the finest performers around.
I discovered Vetted Word when my camera and I joined author Tavius Dyer in San Francisco to photograph his reading of his book I had recently edited Philosopher Stoned: Recovered. I ended up reading from my novella Rapunzel Meets Santa Claus in Hell and returning to photograph and perform in shows, and edit and contribute to the online zine.
I will be focusing on Vetted Word and Olga Rosales as part of “My DIY Heroes”, a series I’ll be posting shortly, so stay tuned for that. I will also be including photographs from Vetted Word shows on my Facebook Fan Page.