Linguistic brouhahan returns to Kelowna

Laurel Packinghouse to host the 4th annual World Ruckus 2012: A Festival of Words & Community starting at 4 p.m. on Saturday

Word Ruckus shakes up expectations once again this Saturday with its fourth annual shindig featuring a host of wacky word events for literary lovers of all ages.

“This is a pay-what-you-can writerly free-fer-all, a poetic hoe-down and a magical linguistical brouhahan,” said organizers Beks Croker, Jake Kennedy and kevin mcpherson eckhoff.

Word Ruckus 2012: a Festival of Words & Community gets underway at 4 p.m. at the Laurel Packinghouse and continues as long as there are words to say. It’s put on with support from Okanagan College and Canada Council of the Arts.

Events include readings from six professional writers, a kids’ zone featuring typewriter time, taste-testing from the Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, prank calls to literary celebrities, Poet Dress-Up time, and even a car primed for everyone to cover up in words.

“This is not your grandfather’s poetry reading,” said Kennedy, an English professor at Okanagan College.

The festival opens with a showcase of the Okanagan’s most talented youngsters from 4:30 to 7 p.m., including a collaborative story-video created by Grade 1 and 2 students from Kelowna Waldorf School, sound poems from Grade 4/5 students at Casorso Elementary, and performances from several Kelowna Secondary School poets, concluding with a reading from novelist-poet-ukulelist Anne Fleming.

From then on, waxing poetic for the adults will be John Lent, Jason Christie, Rachel Zolf, Jacqueline Turner, Nikki Reimer and Nancy Holmes, open mic slots, rad music from Luke Mortenson (of Paperboy), plus a wee-hour open jam featuring an LCD-projected chat roulette poetry trivia event.

Also on hand will be Okanagan College professor and book-maker Jason Dewinetz, who along with some of his writing and publishing diploma students  will be hand-setting everyone’s name on a flat-bed letterpress.

All this in a lounge-style atmosphere reminiscent of the good ol’ beatnik days minus the smoke.

Since it’s inception, Word Ruckus has inspired English high school teachers and students, and word lovers of all ages intrigued to rub shoulders and get social.

Organizers expect this year to be no different, with more than 300 people taking part.

For more information, knock on Jake Kennedy’s electronic door: jakedavidkennedy@gmail.com.