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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 11, 2010) –KMOS-TV, the public television station operated by UCM, will produce the third annual Montserrat Poetry Festival May 23 at Montserrat Vineyards, Montserrat, MO.
Eighteen poets are slated to present original works this year, including Tantra-Ziwadi, a spoken word poet from New York, and Alec Bell, an historical poet from London, UK. The event will also feature Missouri’s first poet laureate, Walter Bargen, Ashland, as well as other writers from Columbia, Independence, Kansas City, Lee’s Summit and Warrensburg.
“This is the richest slate we’ve had to date,” said Mark Pearce, organizer for this year’s event. “We’ve got cowboy poets, historical poets, rhyming poets, free verse poets, a spoken word poet…a lot of variety.”
Most of the presentation slots were determined through an open submission process. More than four dozen writers submitted for consideration.
The seven-hour festival will be free and it is a come-and-go event, so visitors can use the following presentation schedule to help plan their day: