Whisper & Shout


Jun 01 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 weep or laugh out loud. One thing is for certain, this is an entertaining and stimulating event.

Featured Poet: Eve Bell

In 2007, 2008, and 2010, Eve Bell received the “Viewer’s Choice Award” from Poetry.com. In 2014, she was named “Best Poet” at a Local Black Expo event held annually in Peoria, Illinois. She has been as featured poet at “Whisper & Shout” in 2020 and 2021. She competed in “Gods And Goddesses” National Poetry Slam that was held in Rockford, IL.

Photo: Reggie Birris