Spokenword Invitational Takes Place in April


Mike Guinn is coordinating the 2nd annual East Texas Spokenword Invitational in Tyler April 20.

The 2nd annual East Texas Spokenword Invitational takes place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Food Worx Kitchen, 1523 East Erwin Street in Tyler. The event is coordinated by Mike Guinn Entertainment and offers $500 in prizes for the competition.

Mike Guinn began writing prose poetry inspired from his work as a Child Abuse Investigator in 1997. Since then he’s traveled all over the country facilitating workshops, featuring, hosting, consulting, appearing in commercials, radio, indi films and stage plays.  

Guinn works with several public school districts, colleges, churches, non profits, and city governments nationally and hosts a weekly open mic in Fort Worth for the past 16 years.  

A native of Jacksonville, Texas, Guinn’s presentation and high energy approach to creating safe spaces continues to attract brand new fans to the art of poetry. His open mics continue to provide a positive, multicultural platform for literary and dramatic interpretations.  

His new curriculum S.L.A.M. (Spoken Language Arts Methods) is currently being used in Colin, Tarrant, and Dallas counties not to mention several private organizations and charter schools.

Guinn coaches young poets and mentors new adult poets year around and has appeared on Good Morning Texas three times.

He is a 1994 graduate of  Stephen F. Austin State University and a 2002 Graduate of UT Arlington. Contact Guinn about the East Texas Spokenword Invitational as well as his other projects at (972) 704-5001 and visit his website at mikeguinn.biz.

The Oldest Little Boy In The World
I’ve become an expert at fixing children who’ve got left behind.
And I’m wondering, what good is my master’s degree if I can’t even master me.   
It was a blue day.  One where ghosts gather to mourn the murder of dreams.
Where Latchkey kids melt like polar icecaps praying for someone to unlock the mystery of their misery.
When you’re little, all you’re supposed to know is Santa Claus, Cartoons, Sunshine, Love.
He was supposed to love us protect us!  Instead of being a crooked shifting shadow with a soul
as transparent as screen doors wearing the stench of lust as loud as may blossoms.
And there aren’t enough blankets in the world to hide under when you live with a monster.
-- Mike Guinn​

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