The next “Word Salad” is coming up Wednesday, April 17.

This new open mic started in January, and is held monthly at the Courtyard and Cellar, in Decorah.

“This is a good-natured evening where people can try out things they have written in front of a lovely Decorah audience,” says June Melby, local author and the host of the event. “Usually we get a healthy handful of poets. A few writers of short stories or essays. And then we draw some none-of-the-above people, who are usually hilarious. Comedians, and those joining in the Found Poetry segment of the evening. A lot of people come just to listen and support the writers. There are a lot of talented people in town. I call it a ‘salad’ because it’s always a mix. Some serious. Some not so serious.We do always end up laughing a lot.”

Those who sign up to read each get three minutes. More if time allows.

“Quite a few local writers have told me that this reading series has inspired them to finish new pieces they’ve been working on,” Melby says. “Having a deadline is a wonderful motivator, let me tell you.”

The Courtyard and Cellar is located at 421 W. Water Street. Signups start at 6:45 p.m. Show is at 7 p.m. Afterwards, at 8:30 p.m., the Cellar is offering a new “Vinyl Exchange.”

Every Wednesday night, patrons will be treated to vinyl all night; everyone is invited to bring in records to share.