The third annual MLK Spokenword Competition is scheduled to take place at The Foundry Coffee House on Friday.
The event, which has been suspended since 2020 due to the pandemic, was organized in 2019 to be included in Tyler’s annual citywide celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and was started by East Texas Native and National Singer Mike Guinn. and the late Jeff Williams of the Race Relations Forum along with Tyler, now continued by his wife Dorinda Williams.
Guinn, who is also a published writer and actor, said the family event was made for positive self-expression.
“It was created as a positive platform for creative expression,” he said. “I wanted East Texas residents to have access to high-energy performing arts where they could come together in a safe and supportive multicultural environment and build a community one poem at a time.”
“The spoken word is important because it gives people a voice and this event is an opportunity for everyone to come together as Dr. King wanted,” Guinn added.
The poets will compete to win a $200 cash prize for the best poet of the evening.
The annual event will take place at The Foundry Coffee House from 18:30 to 20:30.
The Foundry coffee shop is located at 202 South Broadway.
For more information, contact Mike Guinn at 972-704-5001.