Join us for the Inkwell Open Mic and Reading Series, happening every second Monday of the month at Urban Artifact. The show starts with an open mic, followed this month by our feature performer Matt Hart.
Following the featured literary performer there will be Landon Wordswell's «How The Midwest Was Won» Tour with:
Landon Wordswell (Phoeniz, AZ) & Abby Vice
Grill Billyenz (Los Angeles, CA)
Gon Zo (Phoenix, AZ)
This all-ages event has a suggested $2 cover to help support feature artists, but no one will be turned away at the door. Bring your words (up to two poems and five minutes total per performer) to share, or just come enjoy some of Cincinnati's finest craft beer and listen.
About the feature:
Matt Hart is the author of five books of poems: Who's Who Vivid (Slope Editions, 2006), Wolf Face (H_NGM_N BKS, 2010), Light-Headed (BlazeVOX, 2011), and Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless (Typecast Publishing, 2012), and Debacle Debacle (H_NGM_N BKS, 2013). Additionally, his poems, reviews, and essays have appeared in numerous print and online journals, including Big Bell, Cincinnati Review, Coldfront, Columbia Poetry Review, H_NGM_N, Harvard Review, jubilat, Lungfull!, and Post Road, among others.
Hart's awards include a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from both the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and plays in the band TRAVEL.
Your headliner for the night, Landon Wordswell, is a 29 year old Phoenix, AZ resident by way of the St. Louis area. Those cities combined have influenced the emcee's tenacity, perspective, and insight. Landon's stage performance & delivery have been praised on tours both nationally & internationally for it's captivating crowd appeal. Wordswell specializes in utilizing intricate rhyme schemes often being coupled with tightly knitted personal lyrics. He has mastered his stage performance over the years by performing nights with audiences enjoying intimate settings as well as honing his skill in state of the art venues mounting in as many as 10,000+ heads in attendance.
Along with touring the United States with his frequent tour partner, Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), he has also completed multiple full European tours. One of which with the legendary Artifacts. Landon Wordswell has also performed alongside greats such as Mos Def, The Game, Talib Kweli, Slum Village, Warren G, Mobb Deep, Binary Star, Blackalicious, Lyrics Born, Black Milk, Zion I, Raekwon (Wu-Tang), Jeru The Damaja, Guilty Simpson, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Devin The Dude, Aceyalone, Freestyle Fellowship & many, many more!