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Cut out head shot of Danez Smith on left and cut out headshot of Denice Frohman on right with a purple background and "Mic Check Poetry Fest" in the center

Danez Smith and Denice Frohman

Mic Check Poetry Fest Showcase

Presented by
Iowa City Poetry
, and
Mic Check Poetry Fest
Tickets will be available at
Adults $15
Students $10
Free to youth 13–18 with ID
Friday, November 3, 2023, 7:00 pm
Sold Out
Friday, November 3, 2023, 9:00 pm

Presented in collaboration with Mic Check Poetry Fest and Iowa City Poetry

Part of Hancher's 51st season

Iowa City's Mic Check Poetry Fest is a much-loved two-day celebration of spoken word poetry and its power to bear witness, create community, and inspire change. Hancher is proud to host the opening showcase featuring teen poets from IC Speaks and headliners Danez Smith and Denice Frohman. 

Smith is a Black, Queer, Poz writer and performer from St. Paul, Minnesota, and the author of Homie, (Greywolf Press, 2020), winner of the Minnesota Book Award, and the Heartland Bookseller Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. 

Denice Frohman is a poet and performer from New York City now residing in Philadelphia. A former Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, she's featured on hundreds of national and international stages from The Apollo to the White House. 

Danez Smith Website

Denice Frohman Website

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Paris Sissel in advance at (319) 467-4849 or at