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Hot Springs poet, ultramarathon runner, local business owner and electrician Steve "Lucky" Campbell will be featured tonight at 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. today. Campbell will begin at 7 p.m., followed by another round of open mic. Admission is free and open to all ages.

Born in Muskegon, Mich., and now living in Royal, Campbell moved to the Hot Springs area with his folks in 1989, at the age of 18. He earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Capella University. Father of two grown children, ages 21 and 26, and grandfather to one blossoming young grandson, this "everyday-Joe philosopher" makes his living as a master electrician and the owner of Campbell Electric Service, serving Hot Springs and surrounding areas, according to a news release.

As a writer, Campbell confesses to being a "two-year tenured poet," who has really only been driven to write in the last couple of years of his life.

"I came to a crossroads in my life almost two years ago. I knew I had to make a change once and for all. After my chrysalis, I found that I had words in my heart just looking for ears to hear them," he said.

"Lucky has been a part of WNP for over a year now and has become a regular fixture at our open mic. We love his poetry and his delivery. His style of writing incorporates rhyme in a fun and unassuming way. It is often philosophical and has a deep message, with a touch of humor and frank honesty," Kai Coggin, host of the weekly poetry event, said.

"I write best from the heart. I love hard and get hurt a lot and that creates some great poetry! I am single but hopeful, but nobody will love me as much as I love myself," Campbell said.

His work centers around self-love and motivation, but also touches on the dark aspects of life that people must heal through. His favorite author of all time is Stephen King, and he loves the poetry of Robert Frost.

"My brother Billy is my biggest inspiration. We have always been best friends. He's younger, but I've always looked up to him," he said.

Along with being a poet, Campbell will soon publish his first children's book, "Shining Star," which teaches a simple moral of acceptance of others' differences and seeing intrinsic beauty within.

This week marks 1,594 consecutive Wednesdays of open mic poetry in downtown Hot Springs since Feb. 1, 1989. Email Coggin at [email protected] for more information.

Entertainment on 08/14/2019

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