SpoFest! Spoken Word in Sedalia Missouri

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Kurai Haiku by James Bryant
A modern and unique concept on an ancient Japanese writing.

Titles include: Inside a Black Hole, For the Love of God, Supper of Suffer, My Plight of Darkness and more.

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2017 Calendar of Events

February 16th, 7 to 8:30pm, First Christian Church Sedalia MO

(Locations, dates and times subject to change)

Our Next Event

SpoFest presents Favorite Poem Night!
February 16th, 7-8:30 pm
First Christian Church in Sedalia Mo

Listen to the event here on O I C Radio beginning at 6:45 pm!

Some of you may remember Barbara Schulz, the creator and organizer of Favorite Poem Night. It was an annual event hosted at the First Christian Church in
Sedalia MO. It was an opportunity for people to read their favorite poems by authors such as Dickinson, Frost, Witman and others. SpoFest is proud to be
bringing this event back!

The first half of this event, 7 to 7:40 will be Favorite Poem Night. The second half of the event, 7:50 to 8:30 will be our annual SpoFest Valentines show.
The theme for the SpoFest Valentines show will be love and relationships.

Music by Travis DeMoss

Scheduled readers are Douglas Kiburz, Carla Halane, Tim Whitmore, Lela Merrell-Savage, Dave Wisker, Debbie Noland, Jim Rissler and Rose Marie Kinder.

For more information or to sign up to read, call James at (660) 553-4572 or leave me a message on FB. Deadline to sign up is February 14th.


SpoFest Goes Global!

Ever wanted to read at a SpoFest event but live out of state or even out of the country?

No problem! Using Skype, anyone can read at our SpoFest events!

Click here for details.

Join the SpoFest Cafe

An online chat room for poets and writers!

Chat in real time with others. Discuss/share your poetry, prose, etc.

Join the SpoFest Cafe!

Spreading the Word, the Spoken Word, SpoFest!

What is it?

SpoFest is a nonprofit organization that promotes the writing and public sharing of poetry and prose in the Sedalia, Mo., area by providing multiple and varied reading venues throughout the calendar year.

What kinds of activities does SpoFest host?

The heart of any SpoFest event is the reading of original pieces by local and occasional guest poets, but you can also expect large doses of guitar music, theatrics, and humor.

What is the history of SpoFest?

The seeds of SpoFest were planted in a creative writing class at State Fair Community College in the early 1990s. As it exists today, SpoFest is the brainchild of class member James Bryant. The first SpoFest readings occurred on May 14 and July 30, 2011, at Wine & More in downtown Sedalia. Together with the college, SpoFest presented a SpookFest and a JingleFest on campus on Oct. 28 and Dec. 1, 2011, respectively. Besides Bryant, SpoFest board members are Bob Milner, Connie Koch, Faith Bemiss, and Debbie Noland.

How can I get involved in SpoFest?

1. As a reader:
Guidelines for being a reader

2. As a spectator:
jamesbryant@spofest.com – Get informed of upcoming events via e-mail

3. As a contributor:

We are a nonprofit organization. All proceeds remain with SpoFest. Donations are used to cover the expenses necessary to continue having events in Sedalia and the surrounding areas.

Like original music? Please check out:
Red Light Music Series in Sedalia Mo

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