Valawaughn McCain’s vision of bringing exciting poetry events to Sampson County is going strong a year later.
“Poetry With A Twist” is celebrating its first anniversary celebration from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Ribeyes Steakhouse of Clinton, 100 Westover Road, Clinton. The feature poet is TELLEM, a spoken word artist from Fayetteville, by way of Milwaukee.
Organized by Valawaughn’s Unique Creations, the event also allows guests to play an instrument, sing or rap. The first event was held last June in downtown Roseboro, the hometown of McCain. Since that time, gatherings were held every other month.
“It has grown tremendously,” McCain said about the crowds coming to hear poetry. “I’m just glad they come out and support.”
She wanted to provide an outlet for younger people in the area when it comes to poetry. McCain participated in similar events and it’s something she wants Sampson County to experience as well.
“When I started this event last year, I prayed that God would bless the work of my hands,” McCain said.
McCain enjoys expressing herself and experiencing the energy of other poets. She believes poetry inspires people to do better through personal stories. For her, it’s one of the most important things about poetry.
“Poets can uplift, inspire and motivate people to move from where they are, to where they need to be,” she said.
Poetry became an outlet for McCain after a divorce, which was a difficult period in her life.
“I did not do it for show or for money,” she said. “But I did it because it was an outlet to the many things I was going through. I wanted other people to also have the same outlet.”
Also, McCain said “Poetry With A Twist” provides an entertainment venue for Sampson County residents.
“We are the only poetry event in Sampson County,” she said. “To me, that’s a big deal and I’ve been able to keep it running for a whole year.”
TELLEM, the highlight performer, became exposed to spoken word through writing music an telling short stories. McCain expressed how he changes lives and takes the crowd on an emotional journey.
The event is free for the public, but donations will be accepted for future poetry gatherings. McCain also encouraged attendees to enjoy what Ribeyes has to offer.
“I hope everybody comes out and makes the show epic,” McCain said. “My anniversary show is going to be epic. It would behoove people to come out and patronize, support and have a good night in poetry.”
For more information about the ongoing open mic event, contact Valawaughn McCain at 910-214-0648 or visit online through the organizations Facebook page at www.facebook.com/spokenwordpoetrywithatwist
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