Divine Essence is never at a loss for words. The poet and spoken-word artist has been performing around the Valley for more than five years, and hosting open mic nights since 2002, when she started a regular spoken-word shindig at Livingston's soul food restaurant in Scottsdale. When Livingston's closed, Divine moved her open mic nights to various other spots including A Shot of Java, Mighty Cup, the Paper Heart, and Majerle's before finding her current home at the Entertainment Alley theater space in Scottsdale. There, she hosts and performs at open mic poetry nights every first Sunday. She also hosts poetry and spoken-word workshops through her Web site, www.divinepoetry.com. "I'm pretty straightforward, and I believe this is why people can relate to my poetry," Divine says. "I write about pain, happiness, domestic violence, lost loves, newfound loves, babies, and disease. Everyone can see themselves in my writing."