Great Falls Word Festival
Venues / Schedule

The Venue
The Shea Theater will be our main venue and meeting place for all events this year
There will be three venues at the Shea Theater, the main stage and the downstaris reading venue and the bookstore.

The Schedule is still in process, right up to the day of the festival so check back for latest updates.

There will be open mics in the downstairs reading room.

This is last years schedule so you can get an idea of what happen.
Thursday November 8th

First Show
6:30pm and 7:45pm:
The Mole: 5 Minute True Stories, and not so true stories

Dina Stander
Susan Cocalis
Joshua Michael Stewart
Alison Murchie
Marian Kelner
Amie Hyson
Eve Brown-Waite
Dough Anderson
Paul Richmond

Second Show
8:30 pm: “Do It Now” - A review by
Craig Pinder while in Edinburgh, and for this show we will be adding in Jo Sallins, a Multi-Instrumentalist, Performer, Educator, Producer and Recording Artist, who shared the stage with us last year, we are looking forward to doing it again and having some fun, hope to see you there

"Saw this amazing show at the Fringe; the passionate words of encouragement to act against the current fascist oppressive climate does indeed deserve to have a much wider audience. The fine poetry, extraordinary rhythms and crafty guitar licks resonate deeply while searching for an authentic American soul. But whether performing for the few or the many, this show makes a lasting impact."

Words and Music with Do It Now
Paul Richmond
John Sheldon
Tony Vacca and
Jo Sallins

Friday November 9th

@ The Shea Theater Arts Center
1- 5 pm:
Open Mic,
Bookstore is open

6:45 to 7:50 Main Stage

Exploded View

Trish Crapo
Edite Cunhã
Candace Curran
Nina Rossi
Samantha Wood
This latest performance work crosses lines in DeadLines, asking, “How well do you really know the people you love?” and, “What will make it into your obit?” Their work is site specific and always evolving. Join them in a talk-back following the performance.

Exploded View


Friday November 9th
6:45 Down Stairs Reading Room

Voices From Inside
Voices Carry! (A program of Voices From Inside)
We are women who have been incarcerated, are in recovery, and have contended with mental health problems. We have found our voice through writing. Come hear our work and listen with an open heart.


7:45 to 8:30

Slate Roof Press will be profiling contest winners Amanda Doster, Richard Wollman, and Anna M. Warrock reading from Slate Roof chapbooks (extant & forthcoming) and new work.

Richard Wollman
Anna M. Warrock
Amanda Lou Doster
Janet MacFadyen

Friday November 9th, 8:30 Show

Taking a Stand: Poetry of Resistance
Five poets interpret resistance through multiples perspectives: personal, ideological, physical and philosophical.
Readings by
Yasotha Sriharan
Sarah Sousa
Karen Skolfield
Rebecca Olander
Amy Dryansky

Second Half

Anita Gallers
James Paul Wagner
Howie Faerstein
Kate Rex
David C Johnson
Roger West


Saturday November 10th

Main Stage
Noon to 5;00


Alison Murchie
Jon Wesick
Jovanna Van Pelt
Mark Hart
D. O.
Rick Marsh
Brett Axel

Deborah Young Rolski

Naugatuck River Review
Lori Desrosiers
Gail Thomas
Joshua Michael Stewart
Gerald Yelle
Janet Bowdan
Lawrence O’Brien

Meat for Tea
Elizabeth Macduffie
Richard Wayne Horton
Amy Laprade
Donald Fisher


3:00 Straw Dog Writers
Cynthia Suopis
Theresa Vincent
Deborah Dill
Christine Ann Pratt
Eileen P Kennedy
Nina Gross
Jan Maher
FD Kindness

The Cloud Saddle Writers
Janice Sorensen,
Dennis Piana,
Susan Middleton,
Andrea Bernard,
Bri Leue
Rachel Riverwood.

Saturday Downstairs Stage
Noon to 5;00

Noon - Open Mic

1:00 -Open Mic

2:00 “SOUP”
(Some Of Us Poets)
Gail Thomas,
Mary Clare Powell,
Sally Bellerose,
Ellen LaFleche,
Michael Goldman,
Becky Jones

3:00 - Open Mic


4:00 Readings from Novels
Jan Maher
Amy Laprade
Wesley Blixt

Brian Adams


Saturday Evening 6:45 to 8:00
Main Stage

Eric Wasileski
Jovonna Van Pelt
Stephen Billias
Brett Axel
James Smethurst
Jon Wesick
Deb K Tilday
Colin Haskins


8:30 - Main Stage
Dina Stander
Cindy Markevich
Kate Rex
Roger West
Jack Golden
MorningStar Chenveng
Joshua Michael Stewart
Doug Anderson
Tony Vacca
Paul Richmond


Downstairs Stage Saturday

6:45 – Open Mic

Sunday November 11th
Main Stage

"The Long Way Home” 
1 to 5

Ron Whittle
Paul Szlosek
Terry S Johnson
Doug Anderson
Preston Hood

Ellen Blanchette
Dr. Jonathan Shay.
Ted Scott
Marty Glaser,
Janet Keyes,
Florence Stahl

Alice Thomas

Jan Maher
Kate Rex
Roger West
James Smethurst
Lori Lamothe
David Wyman
Lawrence Darren Green

Ernie Brill
Molly Scott

Carlos Raúl Dufflar,
Willie Velazquez
Angel Martinez

Registration is closed
If you are still thinking about being apart of the festival you can be put on the waiting list for slots that open up and or take part in the open mic slots