WordFest  is a ‘festival within a festival’  offering an exciting variety of events for written & spoken-word artists of all ages, styles, languages, genres, and levels.  Our vision is to produce a rich selection of programs affording festival attendees to participate in three ways:

    • to hear poetry during author readings, open mics, panel discussions, and performances;
    • to practice the craft of poetry through writing workshops;
    • to speak/share works aloud bringing words from the page to the stage via open mics, featured readings, and round-table sharing during workshops.
    • to submit poems for an opportunity to be published in the Waco Cultural Arts Fest WordFest Anthology (details below)

All WordFest events are FREE and open to the public of all ages.


WordFest 2018 – Save the dates

Fri. Oct 5 – Sun. Oct. 7,   2018

Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Avenue

ALL WordFest Events will be in

Texas South Rooms 116-117

The 2018 WordFest   Feature Poet Nathan Brown  

the former Oklahoma Poet Laureate (2013-14)!!!


Nathan Brown, musician and poet


Anne McCrady, Michael Guinn, and Susan Duty will also be featured workshop presenters at WordFest 2018


(All events are in Waco Convention Center, Texas Room South 116-117)

Friday, Oct. 5

7-9 p.m.           Open mic (for all ages)

Host:  Kay Bell


Saturday, Oct. 6

11:30 a.m.       Workshop:  Boom/Wow: Flash Essays and the Bigger Picture This workshop will highlight the utility of flash essays as a tool for helping cultivate material for future writing in addition to being useful for overall personal development.

Presenter:  Susan Duty


1-2 p.m.           Workshop:  SCAMPER – Creatively Rewriting Our Poems     Anne will offer fun and effective ideas for using existing poems as prompts for new writing. Bring a few poems to edit or totally re-invent. The session will include time for listening, writing and sharing.

Presenter:  Anne McCrady


2-3 p.m.           FEATURE POET Reading –

Nathan Brown

former Oklahoma Poet Laureate


3-4 p.m.           Workshop:  “Writing Life’s Stories from the Five Senses” 

Whether in memoir or poetry (even in fiction), the most effective preservation of our memories and stories comes through the sensations of Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste, and Touch. Abstractions “tell,” but the five senses “show.” They bring the reader into the story like few other tools can.

Presenter:  Nathan Brown


6-7 p.m.           Distinguished Writers’ Reception

 (by invitation)


7-9 p.m.           Anthology Reading (open to the public)

Host:  Nathan Brown


Sunday, Oct. 7

12-1 p.m.         Workshop: Open Mic Empowerment

Michael shares secrets to becoming a vibrant spoken word artist.

                        Presenter:  Michael Guinn


2-3 p.m.           Writers Panel:  Nathan Brown, Anne McCrady, and Michael Guinn

Host:  Sandi Horton 


3-5 p.m.           Open Mic (for all ages)

Host:  Michael Guinn


POETS ACCEPTED to be published in the

2018 WordFest Anthology

Julio Cesar Aguilar

Beth Turner Ayers

Linda Banks

Robin Barratt

Chris Billings

Birdman 313

Joe Blanda

Christine H. Boldt

Nathan Brown

Chandler Elizabeth Bullion

Claire V. Camargo

Susan Maxwell Campbell

Derby Carlson

Christina Culverhouse

Charles Darnell

Nancy W. De Honores

Penelope Duran

Manuel L. English

Patricia Ferguson

Nancy Fierstien

Michael Fitzgerald-Clarke

Alan Gann

Dwight A. Gray

Gwendolyn Gray

Michael Guinn

Joyce Gullickson

Mike Gullickson

J. Paul Holcomb

Sandi Horton

Ann Howells

Lisa Hubley-King

Rosemarie Horvath Iwasa

Mark G. Jodon

C.P. Jones

Amanullah Khan

Jean Kubala

Catherine L’Herisson

Catherine Lee

Sue Littleton

Anne McCrady

Sylvia S. Medel

Nicole Metts

Christa Pandey

Alice Parker

Benjamin Pehr

Bernadette Perez

Elina Petrova

D. Ellis Phelps

Claire Phillips-Latham

DaRell Pittman

Gerald Plant

Anjela Villareal Ratliff

Charlotte Renk

Betty Roberts

Steve Sanders

Steve Schwei

Christian Shute

Brian T. Sluga

Susan Beall Summers

Jeffrey L. Taylor

Spirit Thom

Carol Thompson

Marlene Tucker

Loretta Diane Walker

Jennifer Warren

David Lester Young

June Zaner

Richard Zaner

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For Additional Information email  wacowordfest@yahoo.com

Copies of the 2017 anthology  $10.  They may be ordered on Amazon.com/books

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Submissions Guidelines for 2018 Anthology

Poets may submit two poems on any family friendly topic for consideration in the 2018 Waco Cultural Arts Fest WordFest Anthology. Each poem should include a title and be 24 lines or less in Times New Roman 12 point font with no line longer than 50 characters. Poems can NOT be previously published.

Send your poems in the body of one email to wacowordfest@yahoo.com  Put your name on the subject line of the email.

Contact information must be included at the bottom of your poem. This includes name, mailing address/city/state/country, email address, and phone number at the bottom of the entry. If the submitter is under 18 years old, please note age and school beside the name. A special youth section may be included in the anthology.

Please follow submissions guidelines in order to be considered.  Do not send more than one email. You will receive a confirmation when your poem has been received.

There is no fee for entering. Deadline is July 15, 2018. Poets selected will be notified by July 30. They will be invited to a Distinguished Writers’ Reception at 6 pm Sat. Oct. 6 where they will receive a complimentary copy of the anthology and will be invited to read their poem from the anthology at a public reading at the Waco Convention Center on Sat. Oct. 6, 2018 at 7 pm. Poets living in the United States unable to attend the reading will have their anthologies mailed to them later in Oct. 2018.  International poets will receive an electronic copy by email.  Copies will be available for purchase on amazon.com for $10 worldwide.



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For more information or to send questions, comments, or suggestions please contact the WordFest Chair Sandi Horton at: wacowordfest@yahoo.com