Whisper & Shout


May 02 2024


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 weep or laugh out loud. One thing is for certain, this is an entertaining and stimulating event.

Featured Poet: Arrie Lane
Arrie Lane is a mother, poet, actress, writer & director born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She has placed top three in a myriad of slams around the country over the last year and is currently a finalist the Motown Mic: the Spoken Word Competition by Motown Museum. In September of 2021 on all streaming platforms, she released her first Spoken Word album “Organized Chaos Vol. 1”. She believes art heals and breaks down barriers. It is oxygen for a creative and is one of our greatest healing tools.