October 20th at Black Sheep: Poets, Artists & Storytellers – Take 2

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Back in June we hosted a night called “Poets, Arists & Storytellers” at Black Sheep. Well, now on Friday, October 20th we have another one of those coming up! The Poetry Fight Club event that was held in Black Sheep this Friday was a good one too, we are happy to do what we can to support a growing and thriving poetry scene here in Springfield!

The lineup for this event is more of an open-mic format. Everyone comes and pays a $5 admission, and the floor is open to any poets, artists, or storytellers who would like to perform as far as we know. There is a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at what else is coming up in Southtown this fall.

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Tonight at Black Sheep: Poetry Fight Club

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We have a pretty busy schedule this weekend at Black Sheep, and you can expect these next few events we have lined up to be a little bit different from the ordinary for us starting with a “Poetry Fight Club” tonight! Then we have a scary movie night tomorrow night and a plant show on Monday! The Poetry Fight Club is a newer group in Springfield we are allowing to to take over our space tonight. What’s this all about? Here’s a description of what to expect from a facebook event:

Poetry Fight Club is an intimate monthly event hosted by Johari Idusuyi and Emma Wilson. Each month, we propose a question, and then at the event, we all share a poem that centers around that month’s question. The goal is to promote the creation of new work through these prompts, and also to encourage attendees to get comfortable sharing what they’ve written.

For October we ask: What are you harvesting? This prompt is extremely open and flexible! Interpret it how ever you would like. To participate in Poetry Fight Club, bring a poem that answers this question to share with the group.

Bring a pen and paper too for a writing exercise.

This will kick off at 6:30 pm on Friday, October 6th. Feel free to come out if it sounds like something you would be interested in! Admission is $3. Find a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep this autumn.

October 6th at Black Sheep: Poetry Fight Club

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Continuing the with non-standard rock n’ roll shows at Black Sheep – on Friday, October 6th we are once again trying something new and allowing a new group in town – The Poetry Fight Club – to take over our space. What’s this all about? Here’s a description of what to expect from a facebook event:

Poetry Fight Club is an intimate monthly event hosted by Johari Idusuyi and Emma Wilson. Each month, we propose a question, and then at the event, we all share a poem that centers around that month’s question. The goal is to promote the creation of new work through these prompts, and also to encourage attendees to get comfortable sharing what they’ve written.

For October we ask: What are you harvesting? This prompt is extremely open and flexible! Interpret it how ever you would like. To participate in Poetry Fight Club, bring a poem that answers this question to share with the group.

Bring a pen and paper too for a writing exercise.

This will kick off at 6:30 pm on Friday, October 6th. Feel free to come out if it sounds like something you would be interested in! Admission is $3. Find a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep this autumn.

Illinois Times: “Young Poets Society”

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Some of you may have noticed on that the cover of The Illinois Times this week features an article about some of those who are active in Springfield’s DIY poetry scene – Johari Osayi Idusuyi, Ian Winterbauer and Emma R. Wilson – all of whom have performed and have helped set up events at Black Sheep in the past. Did you also know that we have started carrying free copies of The Illinois Times at Dumb Records (pictured above)? Stop by the shop and pick up an issue today! Check out the article on “Young Poets Society” online right here. From the article:

Idusuyi, Wilson and Winterbauer have developed a camaraderie based in their shared passion for poetry – they often attend events together and also critique each other’s writing in workshops. Stylistically, however, the three are quite distinct from each other, with Idusuyi’s writing focused largely on social and political concerns while Wilson tends to dissect the intimate corners of her own psyche. Winterbauer’s work, meanwhile, provides laconic and often acerbic observations of life as he experiences it in the Midwest.

No poetry events are currently lined up at Black Sheep, but stay tuned for more info on an open mic happening at Dumb Records soon!