POETPALOOZA 2018: A Tri-State Poetry Summit




Village Lights hosts POETPALOOZA 2018: A Tri-State Poetry Summit, Friday, April 27th, and Saturday, April 28th, presenting readings and signings by nationally and regionally acclaimed published poets from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio, including three Kentucky Poets Laureate. For our 7th Poetpalooza, we'll be welcoming old friends and new. This year’s Featured Independent Publisher is Larkspur Press, a fine letterpress print shop located in Monterey, Kentucky. The printer, Gray Zeitz, a poet in his own right, has been named a Treasure of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and featured on NPR’s All Things Considered.

Poetpalooza will kick off Friday evening, April 28th, with a return appearance by the ever-popular Reservoir Dogwoods, spoken word performance group par excellence. Following the Dogwoods, two Indiana poets will read, while another Indiana poet (and Dogwood), Tony Brewer, and his trusty typewriter, provide “Poetry on Demand” in front of the store “as the mood strikes and the weather permits.” The evening will wrap up with an open mic session (members of the community encouraged to participate - open walk-in sign-up) and an encore set by the Dogwoods.

Saturday, April 28th will begin with a poet’s meet-and-greet with mini-quiches and Red Roaster coffee. Readings by poets of Larkspur Press will be scattered through the day, interspersed with readings by other prominent poets from Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky, including former Kentucky Poet Laureate Richard Taylor, immediate past Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon, and curent Kentucky Poet Laureate Frederick Smock. The evening will close with another open mic session (again, community encouraged to participate).

Poetpalooza is an annual flow-through event, held in our upstairs Reading Room during regular business hours, with books from the participating poets and the Featured Small Press available for purchase. It is free and open to the public. Visitors can stand, sit, browse, listen, come and go, throughout the event. Each poet will take the stage for 20 minutes. After reading, they will be available for signing and conversation.

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Friday, April 27 in the Twain Room

5:00p   Out front: Poetry on Demand with Tony Brewer
6:00p   The Reservoir Dogwoods (IN)
6:30p   Jill Kelly Koren (IN)  / Out front: Poetry on Demand with Tony Brewer
7:00p   Jack Ramey (IN)  / Out front: Poetry on Demand with Tony Brewer
7:30p   Open Mic, The Reservoir Dogwoods

Saturday, April 28 in the Reading Room

10:00a  Quiche & Coffee Meet-and-Greet
11:00a  Jill Kelly Koren (IN)
11:45p  Gray Zeitz (KY)
12:30p  Tony Brewer (IN)
1:15p    Richard Hague (OH)
2:00p    Richard Taylor (KY)
2:45p    Leslie Shane (KY)
3:30p    George Ella Lyon (KY)
4:15p    James Cummins (OH)
5:00p    Trina Peiffer (KY)
5:45p    Maurice Manning (KY)
6:30p    Jack Ramey (IN)
7:15p    Frederick Smock (KY)
Open Mic Closer


Event date: 
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 5:00pm to Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8:45pm
Event address: 
110 East Main Street
Madison, IN 47250