Some literature-loving people in Sedalia have organized an event they call “SpoFest.” It’s a poetry-reading, mostly, although when I was there Tuesday, there was also a reading from a play, from some essayish-prose poems, and even some stand-up comedy. Anything having to do with the spoken word is fair game for SpoFest.
The poets range from rank beginners to experienced writers, and the mood is “hear and enjoy” — it’s a supportive event, full of encouragement and mutual appreciation. They meet at locations around the city — the previous time I was there, we were at Wine & More downtown.
On Tuesday, the temperature was in the high 90s, and we were on the patio of the End Zone Bar & Grill. Inauspicious setting — but a whole lot of people turned up, to read, listen, and commune. Many of them were well up in years, and I admired their commitment to spoken literature. I had tostadas and a beer, then got up to read some passages from Slant of Light — and I don’t think I’ve ever had a better audience!
Sedalia should put SpoFest on its top ten attractions list — right up there with the Missouri State Fair! What a great group of people!