Since 2010, the annual Oklahoma Avant Garde #spokenword
word event has been highlighting #writers
working at the cutting edge of #language
, challenging the definition of #poetry
, and exploring new genres of #writing
. Beginning in the 1950s with poets like Manley Johnson, Ron Padgett, Fran Ringold, and Ted Berrigan, #Tulsa
has a long tradition of attracting and producing poets who push the boundaries of sense and sensibility.
This event gathers many #poets
from around #Oklahoma
and the region working in this tradition today who see language as a plastic medium, like #paint
, that can be shaped, scraped, and scrapped in many different ways that embody #contemporary
life in the 21st Century. Clever and savvy, yet never pretentious, these poets promise an evening of fun and provocative experiments in #word
. This year’s show will feature, among others, poets Tim Bradford (Oklahoma City), Sheila Black (Tulsa), Lewis Freedman (Stillwater), and Victoria McArtor (Tulsa). $5 students, $10 non-students, Living Arts members are free.
Curated by: Grant Matthew Jenkins ( @drjabsurd