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Kansas City Poetry Throwdown

  • Prospero's Books 1800 West 39th Street Kansas City, MO, 64111 United States (map)


3 days of non-stop poetry readings with local poets paired up with national poets to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Friday Night | doors 5:30 | show 6 pm!
Brandon Whitehead
M.J. Taylor
Steve Brightman
Theresa Gottl Brightman
Paul Koniecki
Dianne Borsenik
Sharon Eiker
Al Ortolani
Adam Jameson
Melissa Fite Johnson
Bill Gainer
Damian Rucci
John Burroughs
Angel Uriel Perales
Iris Appelquist
Steph French
Shawn Pavey
Connie Dover
Mary Stone
John Dorsey

Saturday Night | doors 4:30 | show 5 pm

Bill Peck
Bill Gainer
Chicco Sierra
Jordan Stempleman
Steph Russell
Brett Underwood
Jim McGowin
Jim Deuchars
Stan Banks
Janet Banks
John Dorsey

Saturday night, April 16th: FEATURED EVENT
doors 6:30 | show 7 pm | $10 includes book!

POP POETRY: #12poetsin12months releases book #16!
"Monkey in the Grass"Join Prosperos and Spartan Press to celebrate the release of book #4 in the 2016 POP POETRY: #12poetsin12months sequence featuring:

UNIQUE'S first book of verse: MONKEY IN THE GRASS

Unique is one of KC's most promising emerging poets, though in some ways it's unfair to label him as "youth" or "emerging." He has years of history dedicated to poetry activism in the city of his birth. He has represented KC nationally at Brave New Voices and in Louder Than A Bomb, he is a current youth mentor with KC POETREE and is signed on as a junior host at KC's long running poetry open mic, Beatnik Freaknik with Dr. Nightlife Jones.

His book is an insightful and emotionally jarring exposure of a boy's ascent to manhood in the midst of family disfuction and in the racially charged modern America.

Prim-ONE brings his MICRO-SLAM to the stage at 9:00 pm! this is an open sign-up poetry competition with a very special prize! #wordofmouth

sign-up at 6:30, show at 9

Sunday, April 17th:

Starts at 3PM. No cover.

Steven H. Bridgens
Jim D. Deuchars
Joan Koromante
Jim McGowin
Stef Russell
Brett Underwood
Jason Preu
Huascar Medina
Jose Faus
Jen Harris
Mj Taylor
Steve Brightman
Theresa Göttl Brightman
Paul Koniecki
Dianne Borsenik
Bill Gainer
Damian Rucci
John Burroughs
Angel Uriel Perales
John Dorsey

Stay tuned. More info to come.

A three day poetry jam for National Poetry Month, on April 15, 16th and 17th at Prospero's Books in KC/MO. If you have new works to sell, bring them. If you are a publisher/editor of a press and you have books you want to promote...bring them! 

Do not park at Mia's on the NE corner of 39th and Bell, she tows fast!


Earlier Event: April 15
Speaking Out: Breaking the Silence
Later Event: April 30
Midwest Word Fest FUNDRAISER