Wonder City Wordfest


Wonder City Wordfest is an annual celebration of poetry and community that began in 2014 as the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry’s ROMPfest. From 2017-2019, the festival was held at Wonder City Coffee in downtown Locust Grove and was renamed Wonder City Wordfest. 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 words, poetry, and community.

The 2020 WCW was cancelled due to the pandemic, and in 2021, we are not having a traditional festival; however, we are going to have some poetic fun for you for National Poetry Month: A Poetry Treasure Hunt in Locust Grove. Anyone anywhere is encouraged to come to town to join in the fun.

More details will be posted here after we have a list of participating businesses and organizations. But for now, make plans to get involved in the fun! 


Dear Locust Grove Business, Church or Organization,

The Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry is holding its annual festival in a different way this year. Instead of having events at a location, we are going to host a Poetry Treasure Hunt all over town. We want to showcase the businesses and organizations in this town, while also providing a fun activity for people to do. If you are interested in participating, here are the details.

We will give everyone who wants to participate an entry form with the names of all the businesses who are involved on it. Each business will have one line of poetry that they give people when they come in their store and ask for it.

You will also be given a stamp that you can use to stamp the people’s entry forms to show they were in your store. If they buy something in your store, they need to keep the receipt to exchange for a ticket for the prize drawing that afternoon.

$200 in cash
$100 in merchandise from ROMP Gift Shop
$50 in merchandise from ROMP Gift Shop
$20 gift certificate to ROMP Rummage Store

All completed poem entry forms will also receive prizes. Poems written about the experience will receive prizes. Anyone can participate.

So all you will need to do is agree to participate, and we will bring you a stamp to use and the line of poetry that you tell people.

Please let us know if you are interested, and we will use your business name in our advertising. There is no cost to you.

Event: Wonder City Wordfest Poetry Treasure Hunt
When: April 17, Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Where: All over LG, Entry forms to be picked up at the museum, 416 E. Main, after 8:00 a.m. and returned there by 4:00 p.m.

Drawing for grand prize to be held at 4:15 p.m. and winners announced on ROMP’s Facebook page.

Contact Shaun Perkins if you are interested in participating: 918-864-9152 or ROMPoetry@gmail.com.

Below you will find photos and information about our past festivals.

Wonder City Wordfest 2019, Photos by Byron Totty
More WCW 2019 Photos
WCW 2018 Photos
WCW 2017
ROMPfest 2016
ROMPfest 2015 
ROMPfest 2014 Photos

For more information, contact Shaun Perkins, 918-479-7667.  ROMPoetry@gmail.com.