Whisper & Shout


Aug 15 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: She.Unapologetic
She.Unapologetic is a performance entrepreneur and educator from Chicago’s South Side. She has participated in the performing arts since she was 3 years old, singing and acting with Chicago Opera Theater and performing with dozens of other organizations across the country. She has been featured in many shows across the country and performed on hundreds of stages. Sabrina is the founder of Go! Creative Arts Collective in Nashville, Tennessee; co-founder of Nommo Poetry Collective in Chicago, IL; and is an alumni of the Grammy-award winning Fisk Jubilee Singers.

Through poetry, song, and storytelling, She.Unapologetic has captivated audiences around the world with boldness and authenticity. Her mission is to encourage people of all walks of life to be their most beautiful selves without apology.