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SpoFest Poetry and Prose : Be A Featured Reader

If you’re looking for a writing prompt event, we host one on the last Tuesday of each month.
Sign Up and Guidelines for our Writing Prompt, Rough Draft and Open Mic event

What Is SpoFest?

SpoFest stands for spoken word festival.

SpoFest is an in-person and virtual spoken word event for poets, writers, and authors to promote and share their original work.

These events are hosted on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 6-8pm CST.

These events take place on Zoom, and are streamed live to our SpoFest Facebook page.

Zoom doors open at 5:30pm CST. Facebook live stream begins around 5:45pm CST.

Each event is recorded live, and will be available to watch on-demand when the event has ended.

Be sure to bookmark our event page to keep up-to-date on future SpoFest events!!!
Our Calendar of Events!

Who’s reading at the next must-watch SpoFest event?!

Scroll down to find our 2022 SpoFest Calendar Of Events!

Event Format

There are three featured readers, and guest author for each event.

Featured readers receive 15 minutes to read, which is divided up into thre five minute turns at reading. Guest authors receive five minutes to read, and additional promotion by way of a pre-event interview.

You can read any genre or style of writing, both fiction and non-fiction. (original works only)

There is also Q & A, in which we learn more about our featured readers and guest author.

The event contains 12 segments, and will be conducted in the following manner.

Segment 1:
First five minute turn for featured readers

Segment 2:
Co-host presents word of the day and On This Day in Literature

Segment 3:
Second five minute turn for featured readers

Segment 4:
Co-host presents Did You Know?

Segment 5:
Q&A with the three featured readers and guest author.

Segment 6:
Guest author reads five minutes from their book which is available in our book raffle

Segment 7:
Final five minute turn for featured readers

Segment 8:
Co-host announces date/time of the next must-watch SpoFest events

Segment 9:
Words of Wisdom from the Purple Poet

Segment 10:
Open Mic

Segment 11:
book raffle, drawing a winner

Segment 12:

Open Mic Guidelines:

One poem Open Mic: 3 minutes per reader. Be ready to read when called upon.

Sign up to read in the open mic when you register with Zoom.

** Please refer to the “Connecting With Us” section below if you would like to read for SpoFest. Thank you! **

See and hear SpoFest in action!

It is important that you understand our unique format, and that you know what to expect by participating in our event as a featured reader or guest author.

Towards this end, it is mandatory that you watch the May 3rd SpoFest event from start to finish!

Watch our May 3rd 2022 SpoFest event here. Thank you!

If you have already watched the May 3rd event, or any other event this year, and understand the format, great!

However, please familiarize yourself with any changes to our featured reader guidelines below that may of been made since your last visit to this page. Thank you!

Featured Reader Guidelines: updated 01/05/2022

These guidelines are designed so that you sound your very best: organized and prepared, and that the event moves along in a timely manner.

If you sound like a professional, it’s more likely the viewing audience will be interested in your work, and possibly buying your books as well.

Featured readers and guest authors will use Zoom to participate in the event. Download and Learn how to use it:
Using Zoom

Let the host know in advance of the event if you need to use Zoom’s screen share to present photos or videos during one of your turns at reading.

We ask featured readers and guest authors to show up early on Zoom: 5:30-5:45pm CST.

By showing up early, the host and co-host can resolve any audio/video issues, and to answer any last minute questions before the event begins at 6pm CST.

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

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 30 seconds.

To help prevent readers from going over when reading, and while answering questions during the Q&A segment, the host will start a five minute and a two minute timer respectively.

* When reading:

* a five-minute timer will start once you begin reading.
* A soft tone will sound once the timer has reached five minutes.
* You have 30 seconds after this point to wrap it up, Then we move onto the next reader.

* When answering questions:

* A two minute timer will start once you have been asked each question.
* A soft tone will sound once the timer have reached two minutes.
* You have 30 seconds after this point to wrap it up, then we ask you the next question.
* Before the event begins, carefully think through how you will be answering each question.

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

Be ready to read when it’s your turn.

Any prefatory material such as introducing your work, is counted towards your five minute turns.

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

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

Please say “thank you” when you are finished with your turn at reading.

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

Be respectful and kind to your fellow readers.

If you need to leave the event for any 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.

Signing Up To Be A Featured Reader or guest author

If you have watched one of our events, understand the event format, and would like to be a featured reader or guest author for SpoFest, contact the host, James, on Facebook.
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 from the available dates.

James will email featured readers an guest authors an information packet which will prepare them for their scheduled reading.

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 event.

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!

** Let us know as soon as you can if you are not able to read on the date scheduled. This gives us time to schedule someone else. Thank you. **

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 work.

Ways In Which Being A Featured Reader Can Help Promote You And Your Original Work

This is an excellent opportunity for poets, authors, and writers to:

Promote themselves and their work
Promote their new book
Reach a new audience
Meet editors
And maybe find a publisher!


Like and share on Facebook any SpoFest audio, video and written content you are a part of.
Invite your fellow poets, authors, and writers to read at future events
Invite your family and friends to watch the events you’re reading at.

The SpoFest Team

Host: James Bryant

Co-host: Rick C. Christiansen

Words of Wisdom: The Purple Poet, J R Turek

Voice-overs: Kristie Fox

Music: Tony Shaffer

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

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

SpoFest Open Mic Poetry and Prose FB page

SpoFest Open Mic FB group

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Good To The Last Word

2022 SpoFest Poetry and Prose Calendar Of Events. All events are from 6-8pm CST

September 6:
Bob Whelan, Phillip Henry Christopher, Shannon Carriger
Guest Author: Elizabeth S. Wolf

September 20th:
Martin Parker (Parquillian), Cheryl Latif, Cat Russell
Guest author: Scot Young

October 4th:
Shei Sanchez, Rick C. Christiansen, Janet Wheeler
Guest Author: Lannie Stabile

October 18th:
Jennifer Lemmming, T.A. Niles, Jessica Weyer Bentley
Guest Author: Tara Campbell

November 1:
Martina McGowan, Gregory Seth Harris, Shelli Jankowski-Smith
Guest author: John Burroughs

December 6th:
Lee Eric Freedman, Angela Yuriko Smith, CC Arshagra
Guest author: Walter Bargen

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