SpoFest! Spoken Word in Sedalia Missouri

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An eclectic mix of original music and spokenword from regional and national poets, writers and musicians
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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.

Kurai Haiku on YouTube

2016 Calendar of Events

February 29th, 7 to 9pm, Fitters 5th Street Pub Sedalia MO

April 1st, 5 to 7 pm, Cafe Blackadder Warrensburg MO

June 12th, 2 to 4 pm, Montserrat Vineyards Montserrat MO

August 16th, 7 to 9 pm, Wine Tent on the Missouri State Fairgrounds Sedalia Mo

October 30th, 7 to 9pm, Fitters 5th Street Pub, Sedalia Mo

November 28, 7 to 9 pm, State Fair Community College Sedalia Mo

(Locations, dates and times subject to change)

Our Next Event

‘Leap into Love’
SpoFest Valentine’s event
February 29
7 to 9 pm
Fitters 5th Street Pub in Sedalia Mo

Listen Live starting at 6:45
Listen to the ‘SpoFest Valentines Leap into Love’ event on O I C Radio!

Leap into Love!!!

Area poets and writers sharing their original works on the subject of love and relationships

Readers, please read our updated reading guidelines.
Guidelines for being a reader

Music will be provided by SFCC exchange student from the Netherlands Julie Kleijweg

The Valentine Raffle animal this year is an elephant, Spo-Ellie. Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5. Tickets can be purchased before or during the event. The drawing will be at the end of the event but you don’t have to be present to win. Thus, contact info needs to appear on each ticket.

There will also be trivia, challenging your knowledge about the top 50 love songs of all time. The winner walks away with a box of Valentine chocolates!

For additional info, including signing up to read at the February 29 event:

660 553 4572
or email us:

Our Last Event

Back to School
7 to 9 pm
State Fair Comunity Colege
Sedalia MO

Thanks to everyone who was a part of the Back to School event!!!

Big thanks to SFCC!

The Back to School 2015 event will be available on Youtube soon!
Check out our SpoFest channel on Youtube

Images from the 2015 SFCC Back to School event

Photos by Faith Bemiss
Faith Bemiss Photography

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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