Germal Morgan, Listener
Ashley Smith Elhajj, Listener
Always engaging the community and tackling social issues, while inspiring and cultivating leaders, The Listening Is one of Lynchburg's largest platform for young artist to showcase their hearts, skills, and talents through performing arts.
- Germal Morgan, Listener
Luke Mancari, Listener
This organization has provided artists across the spectrum with the opportunity to present their creations in an open space and platform, and artists are not afraid to address current social and political issues. What an amazing blend of culture and the arts.
- Ashley Smith Elhajj, Listener
Diamond Chijioke, Listener
I found a home within this community. I went unaware of the power of the words from the people of my little city. I have become so proud of my community every time I attend.
- Luke Mancari, Listener
Benjamin Edward Sebrell, Listener
- Diamond Chijioke, Listener
EMMA SCHKLOVEN, NEWS AND ADVANCE
“I remember when The Listening was an open mic event designed to bring creatives together to share parts of their stories with each other. I drove 5 hours and crashed on Nick and Brittney's couch for the inaugural event. Seeing how this movement have grown and impacted so many people is phenomenal. Nothing but love and respect for TLI.”
- Benjamin Edward Sebrell, Listener
JAWANSA HALL, CO-OWNER OF BLACKWATER BRANDING
“It’s an environment to engage and provoke thought and meet like-minded individuals interested in looking at the world a little harder — a little deeper — all within the confines of a safe space.”
— Emma Schkloven, News and Advance
Jonathan Smalt, Co-Founder of Lynchstock Music and Arts Festival
“Performing with The Listening was a breath of fresh air. Creativity lives within the abundance of each poet and doesn’t let go until the final applause.”
— Jawansa Hall, Co-Owner of Blackwater Branding
“The Listening is the only organization actively uniting people in the Lynchburg Area for spoken word and poetry, and we as a community must be supportive of their efforts and do everything in our power to preserve their mission.”
- Jonathan Smalt, Co-Founder of Lynchstock Music and Arts Festival