Wonder City Wordfest 2018


We had another very successful Wonder City Wordfest this year on April 14. Special thanks to Morris McCorvey, and all of the people, poets, writers, pastry-makers and pastry-eaters who came out to enjoy the events.

Mark your calendar for the 2019 festival, which will include a VERY SPECIAL GUEST!

April 27, 2019


More about the 2018 festival:

The celebration of words in all their forms comes again to the Wonder City in 2018. Wonder City Wordfest replaced ROMPfest in 2017 as a festival that continues to celebrate poetry but also wordplay in all areas. The festivities take place at Wonder City Coffee in downtown Locust Grove, with visits to ROMP during the day.

Special Guest Speaker/Poet: Morris McCorvey

morrisMorris McCorvey, Bartlesville, is the executive director of the Westside Community Center. He is a poet, actor, musician and director with many years of successful plays, performances, books and presentations in his background.

McCorvey’s one-man portrayal of Paul Robeson received widespread critical claim. His poetry has won many awards. Most recently, he was a Woody Guthrie Poet at the Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah. He is the founder of the Dustbowl Players and Westside Players, a student theater group.

 In 2002, McCorvey was commissioned by the Oklahoma county Metropolitan Library to write an original one-man play, Indivisible Man, about the life and work of Oklahoma City native Ralph Ellison, most known for his novel Invisible Man.

 VIDEO: McCorvey talking poetry and more

VIDEO: McCorvey reading his poem “This is How it Began”

VIDEO: McCorvey reading his poetry to musical accompaniment


NEW THIS YEAR: Onyx Coffee Bag Art Challenge!

Wonder City Coffee is proud to use beans from Onyx Coffee Lab, Springdale, AR. As a special word and art challenge for this year’s festival, people can take one of the empty 5-lb bags and make something creative from it to enter into a contest. More DETAILS HERE.

Wonder City Wordfest 2018

Tentative SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Dawn to Dusk: Museum Tours

The museum will be open all day for tours and special writing activities.

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.-2:00 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.

9:30-10:30:  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.-3:00 p.m.:  Author/Book Fair & Poems in a Minute

Come celebrate the power of the written word by visiting with local authors and buying their books, too! Get a Poem-In-A-Minute from ROMP director Shaun Perkins, too.

11:00-12:30 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 p.m.-1:30 p.m.: 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!

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Morris McCorvey: KeyNote Speaker

Enjoy an hour of poetry and conversation about the place of poetry in our lives from poet, director, and actor Morris McCorvey.

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.

Here is information about Wonder City Wordfest from 2017.