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Cranston's Elephant Room is a Tea and Writer's Hot Spot

February poetry night features Rhode Island writers.

(Photo Courtesy: The Elephant Room via Facebook)
(Photo Courtesy: The Elephant Room via Facebook)
Nestled in historic Pawtuxet Village, the Elephant Room is the place to go for a splash of loose leaf tea, a delicate crêpe and a dose of mindfulness.

The new establishment isn't just a cafe. According to it's Web site, it's an experience, serving as a "minimalist-style" loose leaf tea house that offers a "zen-space set perfectly for enjoying a cup of loose leaf while listening to chilled music."

Some of the literary world's greatest minds have hashed out deep thoughts in coffee houses and tea rooms and this small spot in Cranston follows the tradition. On Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m., a group of three Rhode Island writers will be there to read poems, prose and selections from their most recent works.

Theresa Schimmel (David's War, David's Peace), Christie O'Neil Harrison (Dear Tommy) and Yvette Nachmias-Baeu (A Reluctant Life) will precede an open mic for others to read their own works, whether its verse or an essay.

Signed books from the featured authors will be available for purchase at the event. The event is co-sponsored by the Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA).

ARIA and The Elephant Room plan to host "Poetry Night" on the last Thursday of each month as an ongoing feature to help promote the work of our local poets and writers.

The Association of Rhode Island Authors (ARIA) is a non-profit organization of local, published writers of both fiction and non-fiction committed to raising awareness of the outstanding written works crafted by writers in Rhode Island and other nearby communities. More information about the group can be found on its website, www.RIAuthors.org.

The Elephant Room is also BYOB, has free WiFi and is open late on weekends. Peek at the menu HERE. Find them on Facebook HERE.

Mark Schieldrop can be reached at mark.schieldrop@patch.com

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