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Whisper & Shout: Open Mic for Poetry

Thursday, June 6, ~ 8:00 - 10:00 pm

When checking in at the door, be prepared to share your table and seat number.

Tickets in Advance Online: $5-members, $8-nonmembers, $3-poets + fees (till 6pm day of event)

If an event is not sold out, tickets will also be sold at the door.

Tickets at the door*: $9-members, $12-nonmembers, $5-poets

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

*Please Note that purchasing a Poet Ticket is a commitment to share your poetry on stage.

If you don't plan to read, then don't purchase a poet level ticket.

Water and Pop for $1.00 is offered at the bar.

Attendees may bring their own food and drink or bring in food and drink from the Rhythm Kitchen.

Experience a diverse open mic with artists from all backgrounds in a positive and inspiring atmosphere.

Peoria’s Open Mic for Poetry is held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.

Hosts: Ryan Lowry and Whitney Jensen with DJ YV

Featured Poet: John 'Rewind' Gunter, Jr.

Hailing from Rock Island, IL, John ‘Rewind’ Gunter, Jr, is a versatile spoken word artist and hip-hop lyricist currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. A distinguished graduate of both Illinois & Georgia State Universities, Rewind has earned acclaim within both spoken word and hip-hop spheres. He has captivated audiences across the Midwest at University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign and Ohio State University, as well as frequenting the poetry scenes in Georgia, Alabama, and the Carolinas. Rewind's unique fusion of poignant realism and melodic delivery has led him to share the stage with acclaimed artists and perform at prominent events. Paired with his career work in engineering, he recently moderated at the 2022 ESPN Black Sports Business Symposium. As a distinguished voting member of the Grammys and a multi-certified songwriter, Rewind boasts an impressive portfolio including collaborations with Ace Hood and Mick Jenkins, along with contributions to the 2023 MTV Video & Music Awards. His work has also been prominently featured on platforms such as Amazon Prime Video, BET and Paramount+. With an unwavering commitment to delivering thought-provoking narratives and inspiring others to reach new heights, Rewind continues to leave an indelible mark on the world of spoken word and hip-hop and encourages others to ‘Lift as They Climb’.

Poets from as far away as Maryland, Missouri and Florida have graced the stage.

Regardless of a poet’s level of experience, everyone is welcome to share his or her work.

Audiences experience more than just someone reading from a page. Poets often memorize the piece and perform it as in a stage play. These are often soul-baring performances that might make you weep or laugh out loud.

One thing is for certain, this is an entertaining and stimulating event. Join us on the 2nd floor, in the Preston Jackson Gallery.

How to Choose Seats on www.309tix.com

Click on any blue dot. (blue dots = available seats, gray dots = sold seats)

Hold mouse over any blue dot on the floor plan.

Click on the seat of your choice.

Choose a member or nonmember level ticket. (Members of Contemporary Art Center may purchase member level tickets. A member purchasing tickets on behalf of a nonmember must choose a nonmember ticket.)

After clicking on the seat, the floor plan indicates your choice with a √.

Choose another seat or proceed to ‘checkout’

Venue Information

Contemporary Art Center
305 Southwest Water Street
Peoria, IL 61602

Organizer Information

Contemporary Art Center

305 Southwest Water Street
Peoria, IL 61602
+1 (309) 674-6822

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William Butler
+1 (309) 674-6822
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