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Event Details


Whisper & Shout: Open Mic for Poetry

Thursday, November 4th ~ 8:00 -10:00 pm

Tickets in Advance Online: $5-members, $8-nonmembers, $3-poets + fees (till 7pm day of event)

(*No money will be taken at the door unless we don’t reach our max capacity)

Tickets at the door*: $9-Members, $12-nonmembers

The open mic often features a popular regionally known poet but everyone is welcome to share his or her work. To comply with new guidelines due to the pandemic, a new seating arrangement is in place and admission will be online only. When paying, indicate if you wish to share your poetry.

Choosing your seats ensures a table. Individuals may purchase their own tickets. Only small tables are placed with four chairs at each. Tables may NOT be moved or moved together as they are spaced 6 feet apart.

BYOB is still in place. Soft Drinks, Water and Ice will be provided for $1ea.

Featured Poet: Tracy ‘T-Spirit’ Stanton

Tracy ‘T-Spirit’ Stanton is an author, highly featured poet, poetry slam winner and nationally known activist that hails from St. Louis, Missouri. After witnessing and experiencing various forms of trauma at an early age she found solace in poetry, drugs and the streets for 23 years. Coming home from prison in 2017, she decided to share her experience and poetry to heal, empower and enact change in the same streets she once helped to destroy.

Her proclivity to openly share led her to record the harrowing experiences of her former life in her poetry book, “Some Things Must Be Heard”. Stanton’s book is available for purchase from her website on https://tspirit.net/.

She is a board member with The Center for Women in Transition, which is the transitional house in St. Louis that provided support upon her release from prison. She is also a program facilitator with The Institute for Peace and Justice, a Healing Support Specialist with The Freedom Community Center and the owner of T-Spirit the brand and Addiction to Ambition Coaching and Consulting. Her poetry, passion and power has opened many doors for her and for others. Read more about her on her website at https://tspirit.net/

Masks must be worn at all times, except to take a bite or drink then re-mask immediately. Masks must be worn when entering, exiting, moving about the room and talking to someone other than those you came with. Performers are required to wear a mask when not performing. Prior to the event, surfaces will be sanitized and sanitizer will be present at the doors. 

Venue Information

Contemporary Art Center
305 Southwest Water Street
Peoria, IL 61602
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Organizer Information

Contemporary Art Center

305 Southwest Water Street
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 674-6822

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William Butler
(309) 674-6822
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