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Voices In Power Presents

Poets Gon’ Poet Awards

Thursday, April 25, 2024
Doors: 7pm | Show: 8pm
$55 - $65 advance + day of show

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  • This is a ticketed event. Everyone must have a ticket for entry.
    Join us before the show for dinner & drinks in The Lounge, our full-service restaurant & bar on the upstairs level which opens at 6pm. View menu & make a reservation.
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Join us on April 25th for a landmark evening at World Cafe Live as Voices In Power hosts the first-ever Poets Gon’ Poet Awards, celebrating 13 years of poetic influence and community. This event promises to honor the transformative power of poetry, recognizing voices that have resonated across Philadelphia and beyond.

The Prelude: Kick off the night from 6pm in The Lounge, where you can dine before the ceremony. While this experience is independent of our curated event, it’s a perfect start to an evening dedicated to the art of poetry. Remember, the main event will focus on drinks and the celebration at hand.

The Main Event: Starting at 7pm, immerse yourself in an evening designed to captivate from the very first moment. Being on time means experiencing every crafted detail, from live interviews on our orange carpet to the final applause. Expect a night filled with performances by renowned poets, surprise appearances, and the unveiling of award winners who’ve significantly impacted our poetry community this year. With the heart of the event centered around awards like Poet of the Year and Trailblazer Poet, your engagement through voting, open until March 8th, is vital.

Dress Code: Embrace the evening in Grammy-style glamor. As a grand celebration, your attire should reflect the elegance and spirit of poetry in its most festive form. With the spotlight on, ensure your look is camera-ready.

Beyond the Awards: The night doesn’t conclude with the ceremony. An after-party at a secret location promises to extend the festivities. Details to follow, ensuring the celebration of poetry continues well into the night.

Get Involved: Opportunities for partnership and sponsorship are available for those looking to support this monumental celebration. Reach out to partnerships@voicesinpower.com for more information.

For additional details and to get involved, visit voicesinpower.com/pgp.

With love, always,

Luis Marrero Founder / CEO of Voices In Power

A Moment in History: The Inaugural Poets Gon' Poet Awards Join us on April 25th for a landmark evening at World Cafe Live as Voices In Power hosts the first-ever Poets Gon' Poet Awards, celebrating 13 years of poetic influence and community. This event promises to honor the transformative power of poetry, recognizing voices that have resonated across Philadelphia and beyond. The Prelude: Kick off the night from 6pm in The Lounge, where you can dine before the ceremony. While this experience is independent of our curated event, it's a perfect start to an evening dedicated to the art of poetry. Remember, the main event will focus on drinks and the celebration at hand. The Main Event: Starting at 7pm, immerse yourself in an evening designed to captivate from the very first moment. Being on time means experiencing every crafted detail, from live interviews on our orange carpet to the final applause. Expect a night filled with performances by renowned poets, surprise appearances, and the unveiling of award winners who've significantly impacted our poetry community this year. With the heart of the event centered around awards like Poet of the Year and Trailblazer Poet, your engagement through voting, open until March 8th, is vital. Dress Code: Embrace the evening in Grammy-style glamor. As a grand celebration, your attire should reflect the elegance and spirit of poetry in its most festive form. With the spotlight on, ensure your look is camera-ready. Beyond the Awards: The night doesn't conclude with the ceremony. An after-party at a secret location promises to extend the festivities. Details to follow, ensuring the celebration of poetry continues well into the night. Get Involved: Opportunities for partnership and sponsorship are available for those looking to support this monumental celebration. Reach out to partnerships@voicesinpower.com for more information. Don't miss this historic occasion where the community comes together to spotlight the art that unites us and to look forward to the bright future of poetry. Tickets are limited, underscoring the intimate nature of this gathering. Secure your spot early, follow our journey on social media, and share this event with friends who cherish poetry's transformative power. For additional details and to get involved, visit voicesinpower.com/pgp. Let's mark April 25th as a night where the poetry community shines, showcasing the enduring power of words to inspire, connect, and transform. With love, always, Luis Marrero Founder / CEO of Voices In Power
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