The Big Show with Buddy Wakefield

Buddy Wakefield Poetry Performance at YES Cinema

Columbus, IN.  Performance poet Buddy Wakefield appears at YES Cinema on Sunday, September 12 at 7pm. Indiana’s own spoken word group, Reservoir Dogwoods, will be opening Wakefield’s show.

Born in Shreveport, LA, Wakefield now calls Seattle his home.  In 2001 he left his position as the executive assistant at a biomedical firm in Gig Harbor, WA, sold or gave away everything he owned and “set out to live for a living,” touring North American poetry venues.  Since then, he has shared the stage with nearly every notable performance poet in the world.

Local poet Matthew Jackson of Reservoir Dogwoods arranged for Wakefield to appear at YES Cinema which is managed by Lincoln-Central Neighborhood Family Center (LCNFC).  “We’re very fortunate to have this internationally known poet appear in Columbus,” said Jackson.  “I’m also pleased that the Reservoir Dogwoods will have a chance to share the stage with him.”

Buddy Wakefield is one of the nation’s most notable performance poets, known for delivering raw, rounded, high vibration performances of humor and heart.  In 2004 and 2005 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships, a competition where poets recite original work and are judged not only on their poetry, but the manner of deliver and passion behind their words.

Advance tickets for the performance are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  At the door tickets will be $12 for adults and $7 for students.  Tickets can be purchased at YES Cinema.  For additional information, please call LCNFC at 812-379-1630 or visit

The Columbus Area Arts Council is a public, not-for-profit corporation supported by private donations, the City of Columbus, the State of Indiana through the Indiana Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For Immediate Release

Date:  7-28-10

Contact Person:  Donna Stouder

Marketing and Public Relations Director

Columbus Area Arts Council

417 Third Street

Columbus, IN  47201

Phone:  812.376.2534

Fax:  812.376-2589

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