Spoken Word At The Fourth Street Festival

Poets, playwrights, novelists and short story writers put their words on stage at Fourth Street.

four men speak in front of microphones on a street.

Photo: Patsy Rahn

Writers Jason Ammerman, Tony Brewer, Joseph Kerschbaum, and Matthew Jackson get into the act at the 2012 Spoken Word Stage.

Event Information

Spoken Word Theatre

Readings and theatre presentations

Fourth and Grant, Bloomington

September 1-2, 2012

The Writer's Guild at Bloomington

Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts

Producer Tony Brewer is pleased about the second year of the Writers Guild at Bloomington’s Spoken Word Stage.

“This year I was able to include more performances.  Cardinal Stage is doing performances both days. The fig tree fellowship radio players are doing a two part radio theatre performance on Saturday. Some of the poets have gathered themselves into make shift poetry groups, so you’ll have two or three or four poets performing during the same time. “

The Writers Guild has embraced a wide spectrum of artists. “It’s the Spoken Word Stage but we also feature plays, radio theatre, and street theatre. In addition there’s a group called The Fourth Wall Ensemble, that’s sort of a hybrid music-dance-spoken word mash up,” says Brewer.

Heidi Harmon from Cardinal Stage Company explained Cardinal’s participation. “Patty Callison, a former member of the MCPL’s Children’s’ Services will be reading from two of our upcoming  Cardinal for Kids productions, Knuffle Bunny and Charlotte’s Web at noon on Saturday and Sunday at the Spoken Word Stage. Many are familiar with E.B. White’s classic Charlotte’s Web, but Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Willems is a new contemporary book,” adds Harmon.  “It’s probably better known to children seven years old or younger and their parents.”

Novelist and screenwriter Joy Shayne Laughter will be one of the readers. She’ll be tantalizing listeners with the first pages of Yu a Ross Lamos Mystery published by Open Books Press.   Ross Lamos is a “karmic detective and connoisseur at large.”  Here are those first tantalizing sentences.

“’Fakes, the stones wanted to speak, three jades gleamed on the black velvet back tray. They were not carved by machines, my lens showed gentle irregularities liked waves on calm water. Power tools and sanders would have created perfectly sharp edges and perfectly flat surfaces. I’d examined hundreds of such quickly shaped jades, mass produced droppings that were as bland as TV listings, these adrift on the velvet were literature…”


George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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