At the Inkwell: Poetry and Open Mic

Come join us for At the Inkwell, featuring multiple poets and an open mic!

Featured Writers Include:

Idris Goodwin is an award winning educator, playwright, poet and essayist.  His widely produced stage-plays include: How We Got On, This Is Modern Art co-written with Kevin Coval (being produced at The Denver Center in March/April 2018), And In This Corner: Cassius Clay, Bars and Measures, The Raid, Hype Man and Blackademics. He’s received support from the NEA, Ford and Mellon Foundation, and awarded The American History Cycle Commission from Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The BlueInk Playwriting Prize, The American Association of Theatre and Education Distinguished New Play award and InterAct Theater’s 20/20 Prize. He is the author of the pushcart nominated essay collection These Are The Breaks and Inauguration, a chapbook co-written with Nico Wilkinson (Haymarket Books), winner of the 2017 Literary Arts Award from The Pikes Peak Arts Council. His words have appeared on HBO, Sesame Street, BBC radio and Discovery Channel. Idris is a regular contributor to NPR affiliate KRCC in Colorado Springs and assistant professor in The Department of Theater and Dance at Colorado College. Find him on social media or at

Poet and community builder Kevin Coval is the author of 10 books, including A People’s History of Chicago, editor of The BreakBeatPoets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, and co-writer of the play This is Modern Art, which premiered at Steppenwolf Theater in 2015. Additionally, he is the Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors — winner of a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2016 — founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival, and co-host of the WGN Radio podcast The Cornerstore. His work has appeared on The Daily Show, four seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam,, Poetry Magazine, and Fake Shore Drive. He is the editor of the Haymarket Books imprint BreakBeat Publishing, which is dedicated to publishing radically fresh voices, and teaches hip-hop poetics in high schools, colleges, and community centers around the globe. Find him on Twitter and Instagram @kevincoval.

Ashley Cornelius is a slam poet in Colorado Springs. She attends DU and is getting her Master’s in international disaster psychology. She currently facilitates poetry therapy groups for adolescents at Denver Health and hopes to continue to mix therapy and poetry. Her poems reflect her personal struggles and journey as a young black woman navigating the changing world. She aims to inspire, empower, and tell a story of truth and depth. She has won three Hear Here Poetry Slams in Colorado Springs. She is the Women of the World Poetry Slam Colorado Springs Representative and will compete in Dallas at Nationals in March. She has been featured in at Keep Colorado Springs Queer open mic, the Black Voices Matter Open Mic, the Colorado Springs Women’s March and events in Denver and Colorado Springs. Ashley is committed to using poetry as a platform to speak up and out for marginalized groups and be a voice for those who have been silenced.


We also want to encourage you to check out Kevin and Idris' new play This is Modern Art!

Graffiti crews are willing to risk anything for their art. Called vandals, criminals, even creative terrorists, Chicago graffiti artists set out night after night to make their voices heard and alter the way people view the world. But when one crew finishes the biggest graffiti bomb of their careers, the consequences get serious and spark a public debate asking, where does art belong? This Is Modern Art gives a glimpse into the lives of anonymous graffiti artists and asks us to question the true purpose of art.

March 22 – April 15, 2018

The Jones Theatre

Purchase Tickets here: Starting at $25 for regular tickets; $15 with student ID. (Prices vary by date & availability.)

Written by Kevin Coval and Idris Goodwin; Directed by Idris Goodwin


Join us in BookBar's lounge for At the Inkwell from 5:30 - 7:30 pm on March 25th.

Event date: 
Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 5:30pm