Downtown Stage

The Downtown Stage will be a highlight of the Read Local Exhibitor Fair and Festival on Sunday, May 17. Featuring local celebrities reading works by local authors, a lightning reading open mic event, spoken word performers, and storytellers, the stage will feature some of our area’s greatest literary talent. The best part is it’s free and open to the public all day! Events will happen 12pm-6pm throughout the day.


12:00 pm – Welcome

12:30 pm – Story Telling with Alex Weiss

1:00 pm – Sacrificial Poets

1:30 pm – Lightning Readings*

1:45 pm – Pintester Demonstration

2:00 pm – Celebrity Readings

2:50 pm – Lightning Readings

3:00 pm – Bull City Slam Team

3:30 pm – Divas Heart

4:00 pm  – Celebrity Readings

4:50 pm – Lightning Readings

5:00 pm – The Pinkerton Raid

5:30 pm – National Poetry Month Contest Winners

5:45 pm – Closing Announcements

*Lightning Readings are an open-mic opportunity for unpublished and emerging writers to share 60 second excerpts of their work. They will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will begin at noon on Sunday, May 17.

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Exhibitor Fair