Wonder City Wordfest is an annual celebration of poetry and community that began in 2014 as the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry’s ROMPfest. In 2017, the festival moved to Wonder City Coffee and changed its name. The day includes a variety of ways for people of all ages to stretch their creativity and be inspired by the beauty, joy and value of poetry, pastry and panache within community.
Mark your calendars now for Wonder City Wordfest 2020: Details will be coming soon!
April 11, 2020
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Wonder City Coffee, 118 E. Main
Locust Grove OK
Onyx Coffee Bag Art Challenge!
Wonder City Coffee, where the festival is held, is proud to use beans from Onyx Coffee Lab, Springdale, AR. For the 3rd year, we are issuing a special word art challenge for this year’s festival. Take one of the empty 5-lb coffee bean bags that we have at the coffee shop and make something creative from it to enter in the contest. More DETAILS HERE.
Dawn to Dusk: Museum Tours
The museum will be open all day for tours and special writing activities.
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Author/Book Fair
Come celebrate the power of the written word by visiting with local authors and buying their books, too!
10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Juice Box Jams
Join Sarah Spurrier in a Juice Box Jams specially designed for Wordfest. JBJ is especially designed for pre-school kids but older ones will enjoy the stories, poems, music and movement, too.
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.: Poem Fortunes
When you can catch her, get a Poem Fortune written on the spot for you from ROMP director Shaun Perkins.
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! Our pastry judges this year are Chris Hardy and Scott Miller, of Chris and Scott Go To Lunch Facebook fame.
1:00-2:00: Keynote Performance: Morris McCorvey
Oklahoma poet and actor Morris McCorvey will give a performance and talk about the Art of Poetry. You do not have to know anything about poetry to enjoy McCorvey’s ability to speak with truth and power about the importance of the poetic in everyone’s lives.
2:30-3:30 p.m.: WordFest Awards Ceremony & Celebration
All events take place at Wonder City Coffee, 118 E. Main, and at the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry, 6603 S 438 Rd., Locust Grove.
For more information, contact Shaun Perkins, 918-864-9152, ROMPoetry@gmail.com.