A program designed to connect Topeka creatives in honest, intimate discussions about their creative adventures.

ARTSConnect Topeka is excited to present Spoken Word, a Creative Conversations event. This is the third event presented by ARTSConnect.

THURSDAY, FEB 7 // Jayhawk Theatre // 7p // FREE


Join poet Annette Billings and spoken word phenom Matt Spezia for an interactive discussion about their creative process, successes and challenges. You’ll get inspiration, information and an opportunity to meet others who are interested in locally-based performance art. The discussion will be moderated by artist Jancy Pettit.

MATT SPEZIA is a national powerhouse of lyrical ability, combining a multi-award winning poetry style, Kansas City hip hop and thespian teachings. Matt has two albums, a published book and hosts two weekly national award-winning radio shows. He is a proud Washburn University Ichabod, with a duel business major in marketing and entrepreneurship.

Matt uses his platform and his art to promote self-confidence and betterment, social awareness and cultural change.

ANNETTE BILLINGS is…how do we describe, she is our everything. A seveneightfive Woman Who Rocks, a poet, a mentor, a mother, a friend. “Annette reminds me that poetry can have purpose, as well as appeal,” wrote Huascar Medina, seveneightfive lit editor. “Annette is a poet whom, ‘when the time came for their poetry/ to be of injustice and equality,’ she was willing to toil and produce. This is what you write when ‘hard truths plead for verse.'” Kansas, A Good Place to Grow by Huascar Medina. “She not only shows us Kansas cultivates talented poets, she demands, ‘it must be a good place to grow black girls too.'”

This is what you write when hard truths plead for verse.

JANCY PETTIT another seveneightfive Woman Who Rocks, has her own unique form of Energy Art based on a spontaneous movement form derived from a wide variety of martial arts practices. “Energy infused art has the ability to enhance the energy of spaces and benefit those who encounter it in a positive way.”

For more information or questions, email sarah@artsconnecttopeka.org or call 380.7890.


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