Performance poet Bud Kenny, who has studied acting with Sir John Gielgud, been a popular rock-and-roll DJ, and toured the country with his mule, Della, performing slam poetry, will be the featured performer at Mocha Madness at the University of Arkansas at Monticello on November 1 at 7 p.m..

Mocha Madness is hosted once each semester by the UAM Creative Society, transforming the Gallery Room of the John F. Gibson University Center into a coffee house offering home-baked sweets and fresh brewed whole bean coffee and tea. The event is free and open to the public.

Kenny is a familiar name to Arkansas poetry aficionados, having started the Wednesday Night Poetry Readings in Hot Springs in 1989. In 1997, he founded the Arkansas Grand Slam, which for 15 years offered the world’s biggest prize for an individual performance poet. Kenny also opened The Poet’s Loft, a coffee house and performance venue in the heart of the Hot Springs art district.

Kenny once took a three-and-a-half year walking tour of America with a pack pony and dog, trekking from eastern Pennsylvania to Oregon, down the Pacific coast to San Francisco (where he was arrested for having a horse on the Golden Gate Bridge), then east to Hot Springs.
In 2001, Kenny and his wife, Patricia, accompanied by a pack mule named Della, walked from Hot Springs to Maine, with Della pulling a cart with a solar panel on top to power stage lights and a public address system for the poetry shows Kenny performed along the way. In 2006, the threesome hit the road again, traveling New England producing performance poetry shows.

Kenny has published five books of poetry and will have copies of his most recent book, From This Side of The Road, available at his UAM performance. For more information, go to Kenny’s website: or call the UAM School of Arts and Humanities at (870) 460-1078.