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Nomadic songwriter, musician and poet Kate Trice will be this week's featured poet for Wednesday Night Poetry at Kollective Coffee+Tea, 110 Central Ave.

The regular open mic session for all poets will begin at 6:30 p.m. Trice will perform at 7 p.m., followed by another round of open mic. Admission is free and open to all ages.

A native of Oklahoma City, Trice lived in New Orleans, Denton, Texas, and southern Indiana before deciding to move to Hot Springs a year and a half ago. "She discovered her true leadership in 2009 when she founded the Denton Community Market, an art and farmers market connecting local producers to local consumers and encouraging the thriving farming community and art scene. She ran the market successfully for seven years, and it just celebrated the opening of its 10th season with over 150 vendors! For her leadership, Trice was awarded Outstanding Neighborhood Leader by the city of Denton in 2012, and Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers in 2014," a news release said.

In 2016, Trice sold most of her possessions, bought and restored a 1963 Shasta Trailer, which she named Dorothy, and took off on the adventure of self-discovery, the release said. She lived and worked on a 75-acre farm and eco-village in the Indiana hill-country for six months, "truly embodying the farm side of the farm-to-table movement, and further cultivating her passion for clean, organic eating."

Since moving to Hot Springs to enjoy bathing in the thermal waters, Trice has worked as a bath attendant at Quapaw Baths & Spa and as a server at Superior Bathhouse Brewery. She started her own social media marketing company called Meridian Marketing, and her clients include those two thriving downtown businesses, as well as the Hot Springs Farmers & Artisans Market.

Trice remembers writing her first poem in second grade about a butterfly and has continued filling up notebooks with journaling and poetry, a practice her mother inspired in her. As a teenager, she picked up a guitar and downsized to a baritone ukulele when she moved into Dorothy.

"I am inspired to write about love, spirituality, nature, and the patterns and connections we all share in this universal experience. I recently started branching out into the poetry of true experiences; it is evolving to be a kind of storytelling. I also write songs and poems inspired by Rumi and Rilke. They are my two favorite poets, other than Kai Coggin," she said. "I am so grateful for WNP and for all of the people that have co-created and continued to hold this safe container of expression for all of us. I felt so loved and welcomed here from day one, and I leave a piece of my heart here in the deep waters of this town."

On May 1, Trice begins her next nomadic journey to Grand Lake, Colo., where she has accepted the assistant manager position at Shadowcreek Lodge and Retreat Center.

This marks 1,578 consecutive weeks of Wednesday Night Poetry. Email Coggin at for more information.

Entertainment on 04/23/2019

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