Make Believers! | The Big Debut


  • 7:30 PM at VCFA’s Café Anna. Street parking around the VCFA green.
  • Open mic sign-up is from 7:30 to 8:30 at the door. Slots are 5 minutes max; headliner acts are showcased between lineups. Show starts around 7:50.
  • No cover charge; food and drink aplenty.
  • All ages are welcome, but performances may contain adultish content.

About the Show

Make Believers! is a monthly literary performance series in central Vermont. Part cabaret and part open mic, Make Believers! invites writers and artists of all stripes to bring writing to life. Intrepid open micers and showstopping headliners have free reign to share the words they love however they like.

It’s a night of surprise, laughter, obsession, fervor, and encouragement. All are welcome—all genres, ages, colors, and identities. Come show your stuff, or just grab a drink and see what’s in store.

February’s Headliners

Rachel Sucher

Rachel Evelyn Sucher is a queer-identified Vermont writer, activist, performer, horsewoman, and intersectional feminist. Her poems have been shortlisted for the International Literary Award (Rita Dove Award in Poetry) and the Dan Veach Prize for Younger Poets, and longlisted for the Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize. Rachel is the founder & editor-in-chief of COUNTERCLOCK literary & art journal, an editor of Sooth Swarm Journal, a social media manager of Half Mystic publishing house & literary journal, and a founding member and editor of Mandatory Assembly literary journal. A mentee in the Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program and the Glass Kite Anthology Summer Writing Studio, she has also attended the New England Young Writers’ Conference at Bread Loaf and the Champlain College Young Writers’ Conference. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tinderbox, Luna Luna Magazine, Dream Pop Journal, Yes Poetry, and Rising Phoenix Review, as well as the anthology Destigmatized: Voices for Change from Madness Muse Press. When she isn’t wrestling writer’s block or the patriarchy, Rachel can be found snuggling puppies, making music, and overthinking in her nerdy poet’s notebook.

Jad Yassine

Jad Yassine descends from a long line of stardust collectors. He was born and raised in Lebanon and has spent the last two years of his life pursuing an MFA in Writing & Publishing at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, VT. A goet (gay poet), he is currently working on a manuscript that will serve as his graduating thesis.

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