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Fifth Tuesday Poetry Reading: Emery Diercks and Poet Jen Harris

  • SPARK Artist Resource Exchange 146 S. Santa Fe Salina, KS (map)

Conclude a month of poetry @ SPARK with Poet Jen Harris and Emery Diercks. Musician David Snyder, McPherson, will perform original songs from 6:30-7 pm. Then, Jen and Emery take the mic. Wine, snacks, and a banquet of words. Donations welcome!

Poet Jen Harris is a professional tearjerker. She is the founder and former host of Kansas City Poetry Slam, a TEDx fellow, Button Poetry & Write About Now Poetry feature. Nationally recognized for her writing and advocacy, she performs nationwide in an effort to incorporate spoken word poetry as a form of peer-based mental health therapy through community-building. Harris graduated Cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts, emphasis in Communication Studies, English Language and Literature. She is the recipient of the 2015 Jim Wanser Pride Award for outstanding LGBT community activism. Additionally, she is the recipient of The Pitch Magazine's 2017 Poet of the Year award, was nominated as the 2017 Spoken Word Host of the Year by the National Spoken Word Awards and is the 2009 ACP Kansas Journalist of the Year. Her books of poetry, Slammed and Lust & Disdain, are available for public consumption via Amazon.

Emery Diercks, Salina, is a spoken word artist and writer whose relevant, poignant, and stark work is inspired by everything from parenting to politics. She wrote "this is not a love note" in 2014 and plans to release another collection of her work soon. Diercks has performed across the country, including at Speak Easy Poets in Topeka, Uptown Arts Bar in Kansas City, and in Buffalo, NY.

Earlier Event: April 18
Sunflower Poetry Slam & Open Mic
Later Event: May 1
Kansas City Poetry Slam ftg. AP