The Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry is not a traditional museum. It is, however, in the traditional sense of the word “museum,” a place that is sacred to the muses, the muses of poetry in particular. ROMP celebrates the power of poetry in the daily lives of the people. ROMP celebrates the first literary art in the world and its continuing need in the lives of people everywhere.
Instead of having the traditional stark and antiseptic displays found in most museums, at ROMP you will find ways to interact with and personalize poetry. From a vending machine that dispenses handwritten, one-of-a-kind poetry to add-a-line poems on the chalkboard wall, the displays ask you to think creatively and to take your place in the poetry populace.
ROMP is located in a converted garage/barn in rural northeastern Oklahoma, a few miles west of Locust Grove. The brainchild of poet and teacher Shaun Perkins, ROMP began with a dream of poetry machines that turned into a crazy idea to turn an old garage into a place for the muses.
About the Curator:
Shaun Perkins is a storyteller, poet, teacher, and workshop facilitator, who conducts workshops and presentations at the regional and national levels with such organizations as the National Storytelling Network, National Association for Poetry Therapy, National Council for Teachers of English, and many more. She has taught creative writing classes for high schools and colleges, in addition to online and with various writing communities. She is the webmaster/liaison for the Territory Tellers, Oklahoma’s only statewide storytelling organization.
Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry
6619 S. 4382 Rd.
Locust Grove OK 74352