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Bay Area Spoken Word Poetry Nights

Bay Area Spoken Word

Poetry Nights

Starting, Sat. Sept. 6, 7-9pm

Barnes & Noble, Green Bay

In a new collaboration between the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) and Barnes and Noble in Green Bay, BAY AREA SPOKEN WORD Poetry Nights will launch this September on Saturday nights in the Stadium District.

Poetry is a powerful form of self-expression and can help a person, especially a young adult, figure out how they feel about themselves, their world and issues they encounter. Poetry can be especially impactful when spoken outloud with deliberation, to an audience primed for performance.


                               Marybeth Mattson

Barnes and Noble and WFOP are pleased to be able to provide a forum for spoken word poetry and will be launching the series with a “how to” night, featuring Marybeth Mattson.

The night will begin with music, refreshments and a chance to mingle and learn from poetry displays.

Marybeth will demonstrate spoken word poetry by performing poetry examples of her own. She will then conduct a workshop, providing exercises that illustrate key elements of writing a simple, one-stanza spoken word poem.

Then – if the room is feeling brave – Marybeth and other available judges will host a spoken word contest, e.g. poetry slam, with the winning poet winning up to $100.

The event is free and open to all ages. Enjoy Marybeth's unique brand of musical entertainment, punctuated with performance poetry!

If you have ever wondered about speaking your mind through performance poetry BAY AREA SPOKEN WORD Poetry Nights, starting Saturday, September 6, at Barnes and Noble in Green Bay, at 7pm are  your opportunity to not only learn how, but to practice with a friendly audience and (possibly) win cash. Be a part of the cultural phenomenon that is spoken word poetry!

When not slamming poetry, Marybeth performs with her band Small Forest and will be recording a new album this winter.

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ABOUT MARYBETH MATTSON: Singer/songwriter Marybeth Mattson first took to the stage as a performance poet in college where she served as Poetry Editor for the Sheepshead Review literary magazine and studied with former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Denise Sweet who greatly influenced her style and introduced her to some of her favorite performance poets.

After college Marybeth moved home to Door County and began singing with her mother (folk musician Jeanne Kuhns) before beginning to write and perform her own songs, solo at first, and later with Seth Raddatz. Cutting her musical teeth at open mics throughout Door County, Marybeth has developed her own sound and performs with confidence and an undeniable charm.

With lyrics that are both poetic and deliberate, Marybeth offers a new twist on the folk genre as she enchants listeners with level and lovely vocals. She plays with passion and honesty in a style that has been called Folk-Pop by local fans. Read more at She can also be found on, and iTunes or Amazon.

Earlier Event: August 28
IMAGINE! Poetry Reading
Later Event: September 25
IMAGINE! Poetry Reading

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