Poetpalooza: A Tri-State Poetry Summit
Thursday, April 10, 2014 11:00 AM
An annual event in Madison highlighting the works of poets from the tri-state area returns this weekend with live music, poetry readings and book signings.
Friday, April 11
5 p.m. Live music with the Chestnuts
6 p.m. Vickie Cimprich (Kentucky)
7 p.m. Jonathan Greene (Kentucky)
8 p.m. Steven R. Cope (Kentucky)
9 p.m. Richard Taylor, Kentucky Poet Laureate, 1999-2001; book launch
10 p.m. Angela Elles, Jill Kelly Koren, Kay Stokes (Indiana)
Saturday, April 12
10 a.m. Live music with Greg Ziesemer & Kriss Luckett
11 a.m. Michael Henson (Ohio); book launch
12 p.m. Robert Murphy (Ohio)
1 p.m. Tyrone Williams (Ohio)
2 p.m. Norman Finkelstein (Ohio)
3 p.m. Bea Opengart (Ohio)
4 p.m. Joe Heithaus (Indiana)
5 p.m. Jack Ramey (Indiana)
6 p.m. George Kalamaras, Indiana Poet Laureate, 2013-2015
7 p.m. Ron Whitehead, Outlaw Poet (Kentucky)
8 p.m. The Reservoir Dogwoods: Jason Ammerman, Tony Brewer, Matthew D. Jackson (Indiana)
9 p.m. Open Mic Poetry Slam with judging by The Reservoir Dogwoods
Poetpalooza 2014: A Tri-State Poetry Summit will be held Friday and Saturday at Village Lights Bookstore, 110 E. Main St. The event takes place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday with live music before poets begin hourly presentations throughout the evening and a book launch from former Kentucky Poet Laureate Richard Taylor.
The poetry summit continues Saturday with events from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday will feature live music, poetry readings, a book launch with Michael Henson and an appearance by Indiana's current Poet Laureate George Kalamaras.
Village Lights Bookstore owner Nathan Montoya said the event's format remains much like last year's Poetpalooza, but a few activities have been expanded for the two-day event.
Poetpalooza will highlight two independent publishers - Dos Madres Press and Broadstone Books - instead of just one.
The poetry slam also will be a larger event with the Reservoir Dogwoods, featuring Jason Ammerman, Tony Brewer and Matthew Jackson, judging the slam this year.
The event will continue to feature a flow-through format with limited seating available for the readings. Guests are encouraged to sit and listen or browse and move throughout the bookstore during the program.
New to Poetpalooza, artwork by one of the poets - Richard Taylor - will be on display in the Twain and Atrium rooms. Taylor plans to showcase more than a dozen pieces of work as a preview show to his first gallery exhibition later this year in Frankfort, Ky.
Montoya hopes Poetpalooza presents poetry readings in different way to allow more people to be receptive to works.
"There's a lot of misconceptions about what poetry is," Montoya said, noting several people think of the poetry first introduced to them in school. "Poetry isn't what a lot of people think it is."
Poetry, he said, is a focused and direct form of literature and a pure form of the word.
"It's the beauty of the words," he said.
Poetpalooza also helps to celebrate National Poetry Month, which is held in April.