Spa poet, children’s book author featured at WNP

Hot Springs poet, childrens book author, local business owner, and ultramarathon runner Steve “Lucky” Campbell is shown. (Photo is courtesy of Wednesday Night Poetry)
Hot Springs poet, childrens book author, local business owner, and ultramarathon runner Steve “Lucky” Campbell is shown. (Photo is courtesy of Wednesday Night Poetry)

Hot Springs poet, children's book author, local business owner, and ultramarathon runner Steve "Lucky" Campbell will be featured at Wednesday Night Poetry at Kollective Coffee + Tea, 110 Central Ave.

The regular open mic session for all poets, musicians, and storytellers will begin at 6:30 p.m. today. Campbell will begin his feature set at 7:15 p.m., followed by another round of open mic. Admission is free and open to all ages. "All are welcome. WNP is a safe space," a news release said.

Born in Muskegon, Michigan, on Aug. 18, 1971, Campbell has called Hot Springs home for decades. "At the age of 3, my parents divorced, and my dad moved me and my three siblings to Arkansas. I lived in Oregon for four summers and Mississippi for most of high school, but moved to my current hometown of Hot Springs in October 1989," Campbell said in the release.

"I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Capella University. I work professionally as an electrician. I have had my business Steve Campbell Electric Inc. for 11 years. I also own a few rental properties. My biggest hobby is ultra-running. An ultramarathon is anything over 26.2 miles in distance. I have completed five 100-mile endurance runs and one 200-mile endurance run," he said.

"I am in a loving partnership with a beautiful soul that I met a Wednesday Night Poetry. My two adult children live here in Hot Springs. I currently have no pets."

Campbell has featured for twice featured for Wednesday Night Poetry, in 2019 and 2022. When asked about his poetry, he said, "I first started seriously writing poetry in 2017. My poetry is about love, nature and oneness. My writing has changed in the last few years to the form of storytelling with emphasis on true life experience examples.

"I am a published author of the illustrated children's book called 'Shining Star.' This book is a semi-autobiographical story about a young person's desire for acceptance. Check it out on Amazon. I will also have a few copies for sale on Wednesday."

When asked about his connection to Wednesday Night Poetry, Campbell said, "I love WNP. I am in attendance often. A friend who saw my poetry on Facebook suggested I go to Kollective Coffee + Tea on any Wednesday evening and recite my poetry. I gave it a try and never looked back," he said.

"Bud Kenny influenced my style and Kai Coggin helped me refine my work. Justin Stubie Smith is my favorite poet."

"I am honored to welcome Lucky back up to the mic as feature poet at WNP this week. His writing has only grown richer and more wise over the years, his mind wandering more into spiritual and philosophical ideas. He is such a warm heart, and the audience always loves his humor and insights about nature and love. It should be a special night for one of our local shining stars," WNP Host and Hot Springs Poet Laureate Kai Coggin said in the release.

This week marks 1,830 consecutive Wednesdays of open mic poetry in downtown Hot Springs since Feb. 1, 1989. "Wednesday Night Poetry is the longest-running consecutive weekly open mic series in the country," the release said. For more information, email [email protected].

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