Welcome to Speakeasy, where the voice of the Valley is heard through the art of the spoken word. On today’s segment, host Matt Gottesman interviews Cyrus Sepahbodi, Cecilia Polkenhorn and David Gale, founders of Mad About Ink, a coalition that wants to bring poetry to the forefront of society.

“We’re going to get loud. We want our crowd to cheer when they love something. We want our people to applaud like hell. We want every poet there to feel appreciated for what they’re doing. … You might not think poetry is fun, but it’s really fun.” -David Gale