Minton Sparks' Spoken Word and Poetry Festival
Minton Sparks' Spoken Word and Poetry Festival
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Minton Sparks' Spoken Word & Poetry Festival

Minton Sparks' Spoken Word and Poetry Festival

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DATE: December 2-4, 2022

LOCATION: Andrew Johnson Theater

STARTING AT: $45

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On Sale: Friday, September 16, 2022 at 10:00a.m.

Meet & Greet Upgrade: $70 Add-On Post-show Meet & Greet with Minton Sparks, Lonnie Holley, and Derrick C. Brown. Includes signed event poster and photo opportunity. *Additional M&G details will be emailed closer to the show. *Meet & Greet Upgrade only available on Friday & Saturday performances
Top poets from around the country will perform alongside local poets and songwriters representing diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds at Minton Sparks’ Spoken Word and Poetry Festival. Led by Minton Sparks, the wildly original poet, performance artist, novelist, teacher and essayist, the festival includes performances from Lonnie Holley, Derrick C. Brown and artists from the youth organization Southern Word. With a combination of poetry and music, these three performances highlight the power of the spoken word.
 
Learn more about the artists:
 
Minton Sparks Was born in a Tennessee college town and raised in and around Arkansas. She earned degrees from the University of the South and Vanderbilt University. Her presentations range from the prestigious Jonesboro National Storytelling Festival to the Grand Ole Opry and the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center in New York City.
 
Lonnie Holley has devoted his life to the practice of improvisational creativity. His art and music, born out of struggle and difficulty, but perhaps more importantly, out of acrimonious curiosity and organic necessity, have manifested themselves in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, performance and sound. Holly sculptures are made from materials found in the oldest tradition of African American sculpture. They also found success with a spoken word album, which was named a Top 10 of 2018 by The New Yorker and Newsweek.
 
Derrick C. Brown is a novelist, comedian, poet and story writer. He is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of the Year Award for Poetry, a former paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne, and the owner and president of Right Bloody Publishing, which Forbes and Filter Magazine call “… of the best independent poetry press. A Country.” Brown has also written eight books of poetry and four children’s books.
 
Southern Word provides creative solutions for youth to build literacy and presentation skills, reconnect with their education and lives, and act as leaders in the improvement of their communities. They are committed to providing greater opportunities for youth, especially in underserved communities, to develop their voices and present themselves publicly in both live and print, video, audio and digital media.


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