Verbal Transformations event on Earth Day to feature poetry fair, open mic and numerous performers

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Members of B.L.A.C.K. (Black Literature & Arts Collective of Kansas) Lawrence and area Kansas Authors Club poets invite the community to celebrate National Poetry Month, Earth Day and more during an event Saturday called Verbal Transformations.

Part of the Lawrence Arts Center’s Downtown Underground Concert Series, the all-ages event will bring together poetry, spoken word, live performance and open mic, according to the arts center’s event page. There will be poetry-related activities and a poetry book sale.

The event will also honor Elizabeth (Beth) Schultz, a memoirist, poet and environmental steward.

Here’s a brief itinerary: The poetry fair is set for 2:30 to 4 p.m. Performances are set for 4:30 to 8 p.m., starting with Cynthia Colbert. Anthony Boynton will perform at 5 p.m., followed by Barry Barnes at 5:30. Open mic is set for 6 to 7 p.m. (see a signup form at this link); then Tai Amri Spann-Ryan will perform at 7:30 p.m.

“Verbal Transformations,” hosted by Ronda Miller and Alex Kimball Williams, starts at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Lawrence Arts Center’s 10th & Mass Studios, 1000 Massachusetts St.

The event is free to enter, but a $10 donation is recommended. Vendors will include Get Your Fleek On by Sarah Ngoh and The Native Chef LLC.

See a more complete lists of poets, authors, performances and activities at this link. Learn more about B.L.A.C.K. Lawrence on their website,

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