Not everyone can read
Unfortunately, not every Poet or Writer is a great Reader. Margaret Atwood is like death to listen to. That droning bored tone of hers drives me nuts. I've been to a lot of Poetry Nights or Open Mic Night at Bars and Church Basements and seen people on fire with their writing, even when the writing was not so great. I think you need to be excited about what you do and it has to be an exciting thing to be up on Stage.