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.

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

June 12th
2 to 4 pm
Montserrat Vineyards
104 N.E. 641
Knob Noster, MO 65336
Visit Montserrat Vineyard’s website

Admission as always, is free!!

Our annual birthday event! Celebrating 5 years of spreading the spoken word in Central Missouri!!!

Area poets and writers sharing their original works.


1:55 pm
Scott Umphrey
Melanie Dees Campbell
Doug Kiburz
Wine Tasting Presentation

Up for bid will be gift certificates from area businesses, two stuffed teddy bear rabbits and a very nice painting donated by area artist Ruth Dale

Line dancing
Featuring the Fence Post Dancers: Ruth Dale, Elaine Friedly, B.J. Jones, Pat Embree, Stan Bohon, Terry Bohon, Gary Noland and Debbie Noland.

They will dance to an original song, This Post, with words and music composed by Linda Bales and original choreography by Debbie Noland

Music from Linda Bales
Dave Wisker
Steven Dotson
Tony Shaffer

The day of celebration continues after the conclusion of SpoFest!!

music from Tony Shaffer, Eugene ‘Mad Milo’ Bozarth and James Bryant

Music Contert by Travis DeMoss

Sponsors of this event are:

Fitters 5th Street Pub
Bandana’s Bar-B-Q
Classic Jewelry
Cafe Blackadder
Dickie Doo Bar-B-Que

Its predicted to be a warm one this Sunday so be sure to wear light clothing. We’ll be under a covered deck, misting fans will be set up and plenty of cold water will be available. Air conditioning in the main office if people need to cool off some.

Bring the whole family!!

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

For additional info, including signing up to read at the June 12th event:

660 553 4572
or email us:

Our last Event

Thanks to everyone who attended the April 1st event at the Cafe Blackadder! It was a hoot!

Listen to each reader’s performance

We’ll have these performances uploaded to YouTube soon.

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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