Whisper & Shout


Feb 16 2023


8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Experience a diverse open mic with artists from all backgrounds in a positive and inspiring atmosphere. Peoria’s Open Mic for Poetry is held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, hosted by Ryan Lowry with DJ Yvaine Washington.

It is truly astounding what talented locally based poets that one will hear on any given night. Each night the open mic also features a popular regionally known poet. Poets from as far away as Maryland, Missouri and Florida have graced the stage. Regardless of a poet’s level of experience, everyone is welcome to share his or her work. Join us on the 2nd floor, in the Preston Jackson Gallery.

Audiences experience more than just someone reading from a page. Poets often memorize the piece and perform it as in a stage play. These are often soul-baring performances that might make you wep or laugh out loud. One thing is for certain, this is an entertaining and stimulating event.


Featured Poet: Sheri Purpose Hall

Sheri Purpose Hall is a prolific author, highly decorated performance artist and founder of East of Red ArtHouse and CEO of Poetry for Personal Power. She is the author of four books, including a workbook Writing Wrongs: Writing to Heal which won an award from Bike for the Brain. She has been awarded many high-profile honors, grants and residencies and represented Kansas City at numerous national Poetry Slams. Learn more at Sheri Purpose Hall (spokenpurpose.com)

Photo: Reggie Birris