Wonder City Wordfest

Special guest Jeanetta Calhoun Mish, OK Poet Laureate

IMPORTANT: The 2nd Annual Wonder City Wordfest will take place April 14, 2018. Details coming soon! Below are the details for the first Wordfest from 2017.

The First Annual Wonder City Wordfest was a great success. In 2017, instead of a 4th annual ROMPfest, ROMP partnered with Wonder City Coffee for the first annual Wonder City Wordfest,  a celebration of poetry and of all things word: storytelling, books, recipes, plays.

The celebration included activities and events at both ROMP and Wonder City Coffee in downtown Locust Grove, which in its early days was called the Wonder City of the Grand River Valley.

Jimmie Tramel, Tulsa World writer, and daughter Katie judge the pastry contest.

Festivities included the following:

Katie Cunningham: 1st Wonder City Wordfest Pastry Competition Winner!
Pastry Chefs Jennifer Henson and Christie Cox. Christie was the 2nd Place Winner!
Jacob Russell, People’s Choice Winner!
Angel Parks, 1st place, OK Poem Contest, Adult category


Lora Collier, 2nd place, OK Poem Contest, Adult category


Angela Loyd, 3rd place, OK Poem Contest, Adult Category

Madison Collier, 2nd place, OK Poem Contest, K-5th grade category


Max Cunningham, 3rd place, OK Poem Contest, K-5th grade category


Callie Langerman, 2nd place, OK Poem Contest, 6th-8th grade category

Authors Davis Joyce and Jeanetta Calhoun Mish
Authors Rob Harmon and M.A. Chiappetta
Authors Aaron Doughty and Betty Perkins
Making Word Art
More Word Art
Pastry from Karen Morse!
Pastries from Maggie Hunton and Marea Breedlove
Pastry from Tony Orr
Pastry from Jess Childress
Pastry Judge Katie Tramel, Winner Katie Cunningham, and Pastry Judge Jimmie Tramel
Sampling the pastries
Good stuff!
More word art fun
Elaine Childers competing in the storytelling competition
Peggy the Personification Pig gets to go to Claremore for a while!
Prettiest woman at Wordfest, Chelsey Moffitt
The awesome Russell family
Two of Locust Grove’s finest: Elaine Clark and Alysha Little

SCHEDULE (Download and print a copy here)

9:00-10:00 a.m.: Table-Telling

Have some coffee and sit around a table and tell a story. Informal gathering.

9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.: WORD-Art Activity

Enjoy a fun activity for all ages that involves the use of words and art to produce a fun product.

9:30-11:00 : Story & Poetry Games

Gather for a fun workshop for all ages that will introduce people to the power and enjoyment of words used in storytelling and poetry.

10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.:  Author/Book Fair

Come celebrate the power of the written word by visiting with local authors and buying their books, too!

11:00 a.m.-Noon: Poetry Recitation Competition

A gathering of contestants reciting poetry. Get involved or just come to enjoy.

Noon-2:00 p.m.: Pastry & Poetry  Competition

Sample the pastries that will be competing for a prize of $200 and WCC gift cards. Cast your vote for the best pastry. Write a poem about one of the pastries and win the poetry prize!

1:00-1:15 p.m.: Wonder City Cookbook Talk/Slide-Show

Come hear about the Wonder City Coffee Cookbook and watch a slide show of some great local folks drinking and eating. Roxann Yates will provide the talk and have the cookbooks for sale.

2:30-4:30: Poetry Parade to ROMP

Join the bus on a poetry parade out to the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry, where you can tour the new exhibit and also walk the Poetry Pasture Labyrinth.

5:00-6:00 : Storytelling Competition

Storytellers will perform during this hour. Come tell a story or be in the audience to enjoy this oldest of the literary arts.

6:00-6:30: WordFest Awards Ceremony & Celebration

Awards for the Oklahoma Poem Contest will be given out, along with other awards for contests throughout the day. Free cake!

7:00-8:30: POEM LIFE performance

Enjoy ROMP director Shaun Perkins’s one-woman show POEM LIFE, an interactive, multi-media experience of the crimes of poetry.


April is National Poetry Month and what better way to celebrate it than with other folks at the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry.