WORDFEST

WordFest  is a ‘festival within a festival’  offering an exciting variety of events for written & spoken-word artists of all ages, styles, languages, genres, and levels.  Our vision is to produce a rich selection of programs affording festival attendees to participate in three ways:

    • to hear poetry during author readings, open mics, panel discussions, and performances;
    • to practice the craft of poetry through writing workshops;
    • to speak/share works aloud bringing words from the page to the stage via open mics, featured readings, and round-table sharing during workshops.

All WordFest events are FREE and open to the public of all ages.

 

Fri. Oct 6 – Sun. Oct. 8,   2017

Feature Poet  is  Karla K. Morton, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate!!!

Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Avenue           

Lower Level Foyer, Lone Star 105, and Texas Room 116

The WordFest Anthology 2017 features some of the best poets in Texas including two former Texas Poets Laureate Karla K. Morton (2010) and Alan Birkelbach (2005), plus former Oklahoma Poet Laureate Nathan Brown (2013-14).  Karla is the Feature Poet for WordFest in 2017.  Nathan will be the WordFest Feature Poet in 2018.

Sixty-eight poets from Washington State to Washington D.C. have been selected for the 2017 anthology.  In addition to American poets from coast to coast, international poets from Australia and Ireland are included.

Copies of the anthology will be for sell at all WordFest events for $10.  They may also be ordered on Amazon.com/books.

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WORDFEST SCHEDULE 2017

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WordFest events held in the Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Ave. on the lower level + a special guided tour of Armstrong Browning Library on the Baylor University Campus

Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

7-9 pm   Location: Waco Convention Center: Lower Level Foyer-Ink Cafe
Open mic poetry/music for all ages

Host:  Mary Evans

 

Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017

9:30 am-11 am   Location: Armstrong Browning Library (ABL) on the Baylor University Campus
Open mic/gathering of poets at 9:30 am in the Garden of Meditation (Poet’s Park) located on the Armstrong Browning Library grounds.

Guided tour of ABL at 10 am

1-2 pm   Location: Lonestar 105 (Waco Convention Center)
Workshop: “Talking Back to Poetry”  Presenters: Joyce and Mike Gullickson

2-3 pm   Location: Lower Level Foyer-Ink Cafe (Waco Convention Center)
WordFest Feature Poet Reading
Presenter:  Karla K. Morton, Texas Poet Laureate 2010

3-4 pm  Location: Lonestar 105 (Waco Convention Center)
Workshop: Karla K. Morton, Texas Poet Laureate  2010                        “Turning Your Fortune Into Poetry”

6-7 pm   Location: Lower Level Foyer-Ink Cafe
Distinguished Writers’ Reception (invitation only)               entertainment by Katie Stewart

7-9 pm   Location: Lower Level Foyer-Ink Café (Waco Convention Center)
Anthology Reading – open to the public
Host: Karla K. Morton, Texas Poet Laureate 2010


Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

12-1 pm  Location: Texas Room 116 (Waco Convention Center)
Workshop: Ann Howells   “Make Every Submission Count: Improve your Acceptance Rate”

2-3 pm   Location: Lower Level Foyer-Ink Cafe (Waco Convention Center)
Writers Panel:  Karla K. Morton, Ann Howells, Michael Guinn, Joyce and Mike Gullickson      Host: Sandi Horton

3-5 pm   Location: Lower Level Foyer-Ink Cafe (Waco Convention Center)
Open mic poetry/music for all ages        Host:  Michael Guinn

new-karla-headshot-bw-original-1-low-resWORDFEST 2017 Featured Poet-Karla K. Morton

Karla K. Morton, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate and a member and Councilor of the Texas Institute of Letters, is a celebrated poet, author, speaker and photographer. A Betsy Colquitt Award Winner, a two-time Indie Book Award Winner, a North Texas Book Festival Award winner and a nominee for the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, she has been widely published in literary journals and is the author of eleven books of poetry: Wee Cowrin’ Timorous Beastie (a 17th Century Scottish epic book/CD created in collaboration with award-winning composer Howard Baer); Becoming Superman (Rogers Publishing/Wheeler Press), Redefining Beauty, a journey through cancer diagnosis, chemo, radiation and recovery (Dos Gatos Press, 3rd printing); Stirring Goldfish, a Sufi poetry book (Finishing Line Press), Names We’ve Never Known (Texas Review Press); Karla K. Morton: New and Selected Poems (TCU Press), Passion, Art, Community: Denton, Texas in Word and Image (the City of Denton, Texas); 8 Voices: Contemporary Poetry from the American Southwest, a collaborate work written by Morton and seven other prominent contemporary poets in the American southwest (Baskerville Publishing), Hometown, Texas: Young Poets and Artists Celebrate Their Roots (TCU Press), Constant State of Leaping (Texas Review Press) and Accidental Origami (Texas Review Press). Another book, No End of Vision: Texas as Seen by Two Laureates, features Ms. Morton’s black and white photography combined with poetry written by 2005 Texas Poet Laureate Alan Birkelbach. A traveling photography and poetry exhibit by the same name is also being shown in museums and galleries throughout Texas (and beyond). Described as “one of the more adventurous voices in American poetry,” Ms. Morton has been featured on Good Morning Texas, NPR, ABC News, CBS News and in countless newspapers, blogs and magazines. She is frequently invited to present as a keynote speaker at conventions, conferences, bookstores, universities, festivals and schools. An avid photographer, Morton has also had many showings of her black and white artwork, has been nominated for the honor of the Texas 2D Artist and loves to mix poetry with other art forms. Morton was born in Fort Worth, holds a Journalism degree from Texas A&M University and currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas. For more information, please visit www.kkmorton.com or www.facebook.com/karlakmorton.

For more information or to send questions, comments, or suggestions please contact the WordFest Chair Sandi Horton at: wacowordfest@yahoo.com

POETS ACCEPTED to be published in the 2017 WordFest Anthology

Abikhaled, Kaye Voigt

Baldwin, Michael

Benson, Jan

Billings, Chris

Birdman313

Birkelbach, Alan

Boldt, Christine

Brown, Nathan

Camargo, Claire Vogel

Carlson, Derby

Chau, Ken

Conces, Diana

Conant, Angelle

Cortez, Sarah

Cowen, David E.

Crosthwait, Carol

Duty, Susan

Fierstien, Nancy

Forestier, Josephine

Fornoff, Erin

Gann, Alan

Gray, Dwight A.

Gullickson, Joyce

Gullickson, Michael

Hart, Kathleen

Hoerth, Katherine

Horton, Sandi

Howells, Ann

Hubley-King, Lisa

Hudson, Mark

Huyser, Cindy

Iwasa, Rosemarie Horvath

Klein, Laurie

L’Herisson, Catherine

McCann, Janet

McCrady, Anne

McGee, Joyce Gorum

McMillen, Jay B.

Medel, Sylvia S.

Metts, Nicole

Morton, Karla K.

Nims, Jack

Nyagilo, James O.

Owens, Michael

Pandey, Christa

Parker, Alice

Perryman, B. Rae

Petrova, Elina

Pittman, DaRell

Plant, Gerald

Roberts, Betty

Rosa de la, Ysabel

Sanders, Stephen

Sanford, Keith

Scwei, Stephen

Smith, Fiera M.

Sweet, Nick

Taylor, Sharon

Thompson, Carol

Tucker, Marlene

Vansyckle, Spencer

Vaughn, Sylvia Riojas

Walker, Loretta Diane

Welch, Germaine

Williams, David G. III

Woodruff, Thom

Zaner, June

Zaner, Richard  M.

 

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Submitted poems for the 2017 anthology should include a title and be 24 lines or less in Times New Roman 12 point font. Poems can NOT be previously published. Each poet may submit two poems on any family friendly topic using any style.  Additional Information email  wacowordfest@yahoo.com

For more information or to send questions, comments, or suggestions please contact the WordFest Chair Sandi Horton at: wacowordfest@yahoo.com

http://www.wacoartsfest.org/

Fri. May 12, 2017

WordFest Sunset Celebration – a GREAT success!!!!

Benefitting WordFest, Waco Cultural Arts Festival

Date: 6-9 pm Fri. May 12

Place: Home of Carol Crosthwait
2210 Ridgewood Drive

Food fare:  Roast pork, rosemary potatoes,
Homemade sides and desserts

Drinks: Mojitos, wine, fruit infused water

Entertainment:  Featuring spoken word artist
Kay Bell with Virgil Bell and Sandi Horton

Tickets: $30 at the door or pay by credit card on this website.  Click on donate (at the top of the homepage), then enter $30 on the ‘additional donation’ box.  Then print your PDF receipt to use as a ticket.

CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS for 2017 WordFest Anthology:  Deadline July 4, 2017

(Please follow all instructions to be considered for the anthology.  You will receive an email when your entry has been received.  It will be returned if incomplete or unacceptable. You can resubmit if you wish.)

WORDFEST, part of the Waco Cultural Arts Fest, will be held Oct. 6-8, 2017 inside the Waco Convention Center on the first floor. Feature poet is Karla K. Morton, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, workshops by Ann Howells, Mike and Joyce Gullickson, open mics, and an anthology reading will be among the activities during the week-end of the festival.  A complete schedule is available at http://www.wacoartsfest.org/

Submitted poems for the 2017 anthology should include a title and be 24 lines or less in Times New Roman 12 point font. Poems can NOT be previously published. Each poet may submit two recent poems on any family friendly topic using any style.

Send your poetry entries in the body of an email to wacowordfest@yahoo.com

Contact information must be included. This includes name, mailing address/city/state/country, email address, and phone number at the bottom of the entry. If the submitter is under 18 years old, please note age and school beside the name. A special youth section may be included in the anthology.

There is no fee for entering. Deadline is July 4, 2017. Poets selected will be notified by July 30. They will be invited to a Distinguished Writers’ Reception at 6 pm Sat. Oct. 7 where they will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology and will be invited to read their poem from the anthology at a public reading at the Waco Convention Center on Sat. Oct. 7, 2017 at 7 pm. Poets unable to attend the reading will have their anthologies mailed to them later in Oct. 2017.

WORDFEST, part of the Waco Cultural Arts Fest, will be held Oct. 6-8, 2017 inside the Waco Convention Center on the first floor. Feature poet is Karla K. Morton, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, workshops by Ann Howells, Mike and Joyce Gullickson, open mics, and an anthology reading will be among the activities during the week-end of the festival.  A complete schedule is available at http://www.wacoartsfest.org/