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Join us at Poetry Palooza!

Poetry of Place & Echoes of Earth

April 19-20, 2024
Grand View University, Des Moines, IA

What is Poetry Palooza?

Inspired by an educational and entertainment event of nearly 20 years ago, this creative experience – Poetry Palooza! – has been a long time in the making. 

In partnership with Humanities Iowa and the Iowa Poetry Association, we are hosting Poetry Palooza! a dynamic, interactive, and integrated performing arts experience.

This festival celebrates esteemed poets, cultivates students and emerging talent, and demonstrates the positive power of poetry.

2024 Schedule of Events

Friday, April 19, 2024

Various Times | Featured Poets Visiting Classrooms Around the State
Learn About The Youth Workshops

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Welcome Reception
Featuring: Debra Marquart receiving the James A. Autry Award and Lucille Morgan Wilson receiving the Iowa Honorary Poet Laureate Award
Viking Theater & Lobby
Grand Vi
ew University

7:30 - 9:30 p.m. | IPA Poetry Slam Finals
Featuring: Top Iowa poets competing for state championship
Viking Theater
Grand View University

 

Saturday, April 20, 2024

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. | Poetry Workshops
Led by Traci Brimhall, Jennifer L. Knox, and Paul Brooke
Conference Rooms
Grand V
iew University

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. | Feature Poet Panel
*Lunch available for purchase (order ahead of time)
Featuring: Camille Dungy, Traci Brimhall, Jennifer L. Knox, Deb Marquart, and Paul Brooke
Moderated by Caleb "The Negro Artist" Rainey

Cafeteria
Grand View University


1:15 - 3:00 p.m. | Poetry Workshops
Led by Camille Dungy, Debra Marquart, and Caleb "The Negro Artist" Rainey
Conference Rooms
Grand View University

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. | "Cities of the Plains" Book Launch & Reading
Hosted by Paul Brooke
Speed Lyceum
Grand View University

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. | Open Mic
Emceed by Kelsey Bigelow
Viking Theater
Grand View University

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Featured Poets Performance
Featuring: Camille Dungy, Traci Brimhall, Jennifer L. Knox, Debra Marquart, and Paul Brooke
Emceed by Caleb "The Negro Artist" Rainey

Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.
Viking Theater

Grand View University

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Meet the poets

We are excited for our 2024 lineup of Feature Poets!

Getting Around

Need some guidance on where everything is for Poetry Palooza? You can find a map to the venue, our hotel partner, and more on our Travel page.

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