SpoFest Online

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Virtual spoken word event using Zoom. 7 PM CST first and third Tuesday of each month. Be a featured reader: you can Read poetry, prose or excerpts from longer works. (original works only).

You might also be interested in our new and exciting monthly writing prompt / open mic event!
Sign Up and Guidelines Here!


Poets, authors and writers promoting and sharing their original work

This event is an excellent opportunity for poets, writers and authors to promote their original works. You can read any genre or style of writing, both fiction and non-fiction. The following describes our event format and what readers can expect by participating in the event.

These events take place via Zoom and are streamed live to our SpoFest Facebook page. They are also recorded live and are available to watch on-demand later.

Zoom doors open at 6:30 PM CST. Facebook live stream begins around 6:45 PM CST.
Watch every SpoFest Open Mic Poetry and Prose event here!

First, readers will use Zoom to participate. Download and Learn how to use it:
Using Zoom

Can’t use Zoom for some reason? You can still participate via landline or moble phone:
Find your local number to dial into the event

There are four featured readers for each event. Each reader receives 15 minutes to read which is divided up into thre five minute turns at reading.

There are three rounds in the event: reading, Q and A and wrap-up. Our event goes from 7 to 9 PM CST.

The event begins with the reading round.

This round focuses on the poetry and prose. There will be very little chatter. Each reader takes two of their three turns at reading.

Then we have the Q and A round.

In this round, each writer will have the opportunity to respond to thre questions. Two of these questions will be provided in advance of the event so you have plenty of time to think on how you would like to answer.

The third question is your own. This is your opportunity to answer a question specific to one of your books, your writing process, or anything else literary in nature.

What question would you like for the host to ask you? This question needs to be turned in before the start of the event.

The event concludes for the four readers with the wrap-up round

In this round each reader takes their final turn at reading.

Readers take turns reading, the order of which will be determined prior to the start of the event. Readers will email the host their short bio: two short paragraphs.

It is very important that you time yourself reading each of your selections before the event. Although the target is five minutes per turn, it is okay to go over by 15-45 seconds.

Here’s a handy tool to determine how long it takes to read your selections. Simply paste your selection into the box provided and receive an estimate instantly!
Handy Read-O-Meter

Watch our November 7th 2020 event to get an idea what to expect by participating in our event.


Connect with SpoFest founder and host James Bryant on Facebook

Once you have connected with James, let him know a good time to speak on the phone. This call is to establish your writing credentials and to decide on a date for you to read.

James will prepare each featured reader via email to read in the event.

There are four slots per event. Typically readers signing up for the very first time will take priority over those who have already read in our events. This keeps things fresh, new voices presenting each week.

Slots are available on a first come, first served basis.

Please note: we are experiencing increased interest from the writing community and slots are being filled quickly. So act fast!


We ask that the four featured readers show up early. Zoom doors open at 6:30 pm CST. This gives the host time to do a roll call and take care of pre-show matters.

Readers will be responsible for muting and unmuting themselves when beginning and ending their turn at reading.

Find a quiet place and make sure Zoom is the only app running on your system.

We encourage all performers to use a headset mic or lapel mic. This will allow for a much more enjoyable listening experience for yourself and the audience.

Any prefatory material such as introducing your work, is included in your five minute turns.

Keep an eye on the time as you’re performing or set a five minute timer on your phone.

Be ready to perform when it’s your turn.

Be respectful and kind to your fellow readers.

Mute your microphone if you are not currently reading.

If you need to leave the event for some reason, do so. You do not need to explain why. We’ll assume the reason was important.

We strongly embrace our right to free speech. However, do not use EXCESSIVE profanity or vulgarity.

This concludes our sign up and event guidelines. Read on if you would like to learn how this event can help promote you and your original works.

This is an excellent opportunity for creative artists to:

Promote themselves and their work
Promote their new book
Reach a new audience
Collaborate with fellow creative artists


Like and share any SpoFest audio, video and text content you are a part of.
Invite your fellow creative artist to perform in the event
Invite your family and friends to tune into the events you’re performing in.
Direct live stream to our SpoFest Open Mic Poetry and Prose event every first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 PM CST.
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2021 SpoFest Open Mic Poetry and Prose Calendar Of Events

April 20th:
Shei Sanchez, Robert Dean, Hayley Mitchell Haugen, Gregory Seth Harris
Co-host: Carmel Morse,

May 4th:
Jamie Heller, Matthew Cooper, Shawn Pavey, Joe Kidd
Co-host: MJ “Joe” Arcangelini

May 18th:
Trudy Lewis, Darrell Parry, Chloe Wagner, Lynn Alexander
Co-host: R. Nikolas Macioci

June 1st:
Ronda Miller, Ken Hada, Sandra Gill, Jessica Mathews
Co-host: R. M. Kinder

June 15th:
Lisa Rhodes-Ryabchich, Keri Brenning-Griffin, Tom Cline, Kayla Marie Williams
Co-host: Nikki Allan

July 6th:
Gwendolyn Aislinn Fae, Damian Hey, Sara Minges, Mike James
Co-host: Jennifer Hambrick

July 20th:

August 3rd:
Lesley Constable, Via Laurene, Joy Parker, Alarie Tennille
Co-host: Martina McGowan

August 17th:
Mike Jurkovic, Leah Sackett, Ariel Alexander Fiore, William F. DeVault (US National Beat Poet Laureate Emeritus)
Co-host: Stephanie Kendrick

Connecting with Us

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact James on Facebook, or if you would prefer, give him a call. We’d be happy to walk you through the sign up process!

Contact SpoFest founder and host James on Facebook

Phone: 660 553 4572

SpoFest: Spoken Word Festival
From Text and Tongue To The World Beyond!

Watch each SpoFest live stream event here! (includes on-demand content of past SpoFest events)

Connect with us on Facebook:

SpoFest Open Mic Poetry and Prose FB page

SpoFest Open Mic FB group