Local poet plans readings


Press release posted by Bob Evans

KC Fringe award-winning spoken word artist, Poet T.L. Sanders, performs again at open mic book launch October 12th, 2019 11 am to 2 pm. Part of the three days of events connected to Fountainverse Poetry Festival: “As masterful as Tony Perkins’ Equus…Best of the Best !” –Laura Marcus Mountjoy; “Look out Broadway”– Teresa Bronston McKinley; “Equally as riveting as Ntozake Shanje’s Color Girls” –Victor En Yu Tan, UMKC professor of lighting and design.

Kansas City’s, Poet T.L. Sanders, also known as Àtwist – The Language Artist, is a modern-day renaissance man. He speaks French. He plays bass. He is a cage fighting martial artist. He educates. Give him a stage, he articulates. Lend him an ear, he motivates. Fountainverse poetry festival this October 11-13 at the Charlotte Street Capsule Space on 16th and Broadway.

His book, “kNew” (Flying Ketchup Press) is a hybrid– a poetic screenplay at the heart of open mic. “Intense, gripping… a one-two punch…written in fire and delivered with thunder,” writes reviewer Kelly Luck. Get “kNew” at the festival or online as paperback or ebook, in both chapbook or screenplay. The open mic celebrates the launch of Flying Ketchup Press with the release of their first seven books of poetry including debut poet, Kēvin Callahan, and collection of Kansas City poets and artists called “Blue City Poets” featuring twelve well-known and debut Kansas Citians. Managing Editor, Polly Alice McCann, says the new small press was founded to discover and develop new voices in poetry, drama, fiction, and non-fiction with a

special emphasis in new short stories — to create worlds of wonder and delight; to share stories. Maybe yours.

The festival begins Friday, October 11th at 4 pm at the Charlotte Street Capsule Space 1644 Broadway Blvd, KC, MO. is located next to Charlotte Street’s 2018 StartUp Residents Stray Cat Film Center! Parking can be located in the gravel parking lot behind Capsule off of 17th Street to the east side of Broadway Blvd. Street parking can also be found on Washing Street, Broadway Blvd, and 17th Street! or here https://www.parkme.com/lot/189322/arts-district-garage-kansas-city-mo.

Fountainverse thanks its partners and sponsors: Charlotte Street Foundation, Prospero’s Books, The Writers Place, Our Daily Nada, Arsyn Spitfire, Poetic Underground, The Latino Writers Collective, Swordfish Tom’s Jump Start Art, Kansas City Poetry Slam, Spartan Press, and Flying Ketchup Press. To find more poetry events with Charlotte Street Foundation, visit their website.


The full schedule of events for https://www.fountainverse.com/


Friday Oct. 11

4-9 pm: Small Press Book Fair

7-8:30 pm: Feature Reading: KC’s Riverfront Readings hosts Denver’s Suspect Press

9-11 pm: Sharon Eiker hosts Poetry Open Mic


Saturday Oct. 12

11-2 pm: Flying Ketchup Press hosts Poetry Brunch Open Mic at Our Daily Nada venue

1- 9 pm: Small Press Book Fair

3-4 pm: Kansas City Poetry Slam hosts a Writing Workshop

4-5 pm: Spartan Press hosts a Publisher’s Panel

7-8:30 pm: Feature Reading: KC’s Latino Writers Collective

9-11 pm: Arsyn Spitfire hosts Poetry Open Mic


Sunday Oct. 13

11-1 pm Poetic Underground hosts Pop-Up Open Mic

12-6 pm: Small Press Book Fair

4-5:30 pm: Feature: KC’s Stubborn Mule Press hosts New Hampshire’s CLASH Books

8-10 pm: Afterparty Open Mic hosted by Brandon Whitehead at Swordfish Tom’s venue

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