Monday, November 15, 2010

Now accepting 2011 KABAM! vendor applications!

KABAM! is now accepting applications for vendors and/or organizations for our 2011 Festival!

A 12'x12' space is just $25 (Fee waived for non-profit organizations and schools.)

For a printable application online, go to:

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Wrap up meeting Today at 3:00

Steering Committee – Wrap-up Meeting
Mohave County Library – Kingman Library Admin Building
3269 North Burbank

3:00 PM - Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Discussion of "lessons learned" and things we can improve upon for next year. . .

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Parking Lot Extravaganza Fundraiser This Saturday at Big Lots!

Saturday, May 29th, 11:00 AM -3:00 PM.

  • Live music by groups Above, Gene Pool, and Deadline!
  • Prizes and raffles. Family fun!
  • Classic car shows by Route 66 Cruizers and AZ CAR NUTZ!

All proceeds benefit KABAM! in supporing the joy of reading and literacy in Mohave County.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Thank you message from Robert Shupe, KABAM Steering Committee Chair

I express a deep and sincere thank you to the many, many staff members who helped in a myriad of ways toward what culminated as a VERY successful KABAM Fest! The helpers were many, from Steering Committee members who began working on this year's event 11 months ago; to the various subcommittee members who have held numerous "in-between" meetings; to volunteers who helped set-up and take-down; to staff who re-arranged their work schedules in order to be at the park all day Saturday; to staff who covered the libraries so that staff could be at the park all day Saturday; to staff who came as visitors/patrons of the festival. The list of individuals, groups, branches/divisions, etc. would be too long to try and list them all here...but please know that I know, more than ever, that this truly is a team effort (along with numerous individuals, groups, businesses and organizations in the community) that makes it happen.

By the way, the Saturday event in the park had over 2,100 visitors - by far a new record for KABAM. I don't yet know how many hundreds of additional kids and adults were directly impacted by author visits and presentations before Saturday. Not to mention the about 100 or so that attended the Poetry Slam in downtown Kingman Thursday evening.

Again, thank you all!!!




The members of the KABAM! Steering Committee wish to thank the many volunteers, individuals and organizations who worked so hard to make the 2010 Kingman Area Books are Magic Festival 2010 a success.

A special thank you goes out to the people of Kingman and surrounding communities who gave us such a great turnout on Saturday--a new record!

KABAM Steering Committee - May 17, 2010 . . .

Friday, May 14, 2010


Free and open to the public.

6-8 PM at Mohave Community College (1971 Jagerson Avenue). Barnes & Noble will remain open with copies of KABAM Featured Authors' books for sale to be autographed.

Local and visiting authors mingle in an informal setting with refreshments and live musical entertainment.

Kingman poet Becky Hayes wins KABAM SLAM III

Kingman poet Becky Hayes wins the KABAM Slam trophy, bragging rights, and approximately $132 in cash.

On May 13, KABAM SLAM III held three rounds of competition among young poets from not only Kingman but also Seligman and the Bullhead City area. After the third round, Becky's cumulative score was the highest among all poets competing in front of an audience of over 100 spectators.

In addition to the competition, KABAM SLAM III featured live dance and musical performances, as well as live poetry performances by Aaron Johnson, Ryan Brown, and Los Angeles poet Ellyn Maybe.

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Enjoy a beverage! Cheer our poets! Vote with your voice! Win Bragging Rights or even CASH!

6:00 PM - Beale Street Brews Coffeehouse in downtown Kingman. (4th & Beale)

More info, call Mikel 928-234-5633

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Lions Club donates $300 to KABAM!

The Kingman Mohave Lions Club has donated $300 to the 2010 KABAM! Festival. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

The support of local organizations in our community such as Lions helps KABAM! to grow and to continue to promote the love of books and reading in our community!

Friday, May 7, 2010

KABAM Events for Local Authors (Sign Up!)

Local and Regional Authors!

Authors Reception:
It's not too late to participate in the 6th Annual Kingman Area Books are Magic (KABAM!) Authors Reception - Friday, May 14th at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Mohave Community College in Kingman.

Free Online Registration:

Authors Tent:
You may also want to participate in our "Authors Tent" from 10:00-4:00 during the Saturday KABAM! Festival at Metcalfe Park in downtown Kingman, this year coordinated with the Downtown Merchants Association's Chillin on Beale Street, and Kiwanis' Dollars For Scholars events.
Free Online Registration:

Your voluntary RSVP is sincerely appreciated to help us in planning for these events!

POETS! - KABAM Slam III is scheduled for 6:00 PM - ??? on Thursday, May 13th, in front of Beale Street Brews Coffeehouse in downtown Kingman. This year's Slam will warm up with traditional open mic time and music before and between the competition rounds.

Help cheer on our poets as they compete for cash, prizes and official BRAGGING RIGHTS. Audience reaction is a critical component of scoring, as we determine which poets and which community will take home this year's KABAM SLAM! Victory Cup.

Free Online Registration:

More information:
Phone: 928-692-5790

Monday, May 3, 2010

Mayor signs KABAM! Proclamation

May 3, 2010: Kingman Mayor John Salem (center) signs an official City Proclamation declaring May 15, 2010 to be the official Kingman Area Books are Magic Festival Day.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Author Jana Bommersbach to present at Mohave County Library in Kingman

Jana Bommersbach
discusses her
OneBookAZ 2010 winner
“The Trunk Murderess:
Winnie Ruth Judd”

2:00 PM, Friday May 14 2010. Mohave County Library in Kingman (3269 N. Burbank)

More info: Roxy Alatorre: x5724 (928-692-5724)

Register for This Event (FREE!)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

S. A. Griffin's Poetry Bomb Tour - Register Online!

Contribute your poem to the national Poetry Bomb Tour with poet S. A. Griffin. (April 29th, 6:00 PM, Mohave County Library, 3269 North Burbank) Bring one poem only printed on 8.5x11 to read for Poetry Bomb inclusion.

Register for S.A. Griffin Poetry Bomb Tour in Kingman, AZ  on Eventbrite

Join California Poet and actor - S.A. Griffin as he tours the US and fills his "Poetry Bomb" with poems! The Poetry Bomb is a former US Military "practice" bomb filled with poetry from around the world. Over 400 poems have already been collected and included in the bomb.

Thursday, April 15, 2010


The KABAM! Authors Committee Meets Today - Wednesday, April 15th to discuss this years authors and venues.

4:00 PM, Mohave County Library Administration
3269 North Burbank

Bring your taxes!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

AUTHORS: Register Online for KABAM Events! (FREE!)

Local/regional authors! Please help us plan our event by using our online registration for events you plan on attending. This will help us plan a better event and ensure we provide enough tables and space for everyone!

Register for KABAM! Authors' Reception in Kingman, AZ  on Eventbrite Register for KABAM Authors Reception (Free!)
Register for KABAM Authors Tent Sigup (FREE) in Kingman, AZ  on Eventbrite Register for KABAM Authors Tent (Free!)

Crystal Cruz to perform at KABAM SLAM!

Phoenix-area dance and fire twirling sensation Crystal Cruz has been added to the KABAM SLAM! lineup.

KABAM SLAM!, now in its third year, is the kickoff for the annual Kingman Area Books are Magic (KABAM!) Festival. This year's event will warm up with open mic and music, followed by a "slam" style poetry competition for poets young and old.
Thursday, May 13, 2010 6:00 pm - ? in front of Beale Street Brews Coffeehouse, Downtown Kingman.

Register for KABAM SLAM! - Poetry Competition in Kingman, AZ  on Eventbrite

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Steering Committee Meets Today!

Reminder - Steering Committee Meets today (Wed, April 7), 4:00 at Mohave County Library, 3269 North Burbank.

Questions: 928-692-5790

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

KRMC Dontes $1000 to KABAM!

Exciting news! Kingman Regional Medical Center has pledged $1000 to this year's KABAM! Festival, as a full "Author Sponsor"


Steering Committee Meeting Wednesday @ 4:00

Just a reminder that our next KABAM Fest! Steering Committee Meeting will be at 4:00 PM tomorrow (Wednesday, April 7th) in the Administrative Conference Room of Mohave County Library (3279 Burbank).

The agenda and last meeting's minutes will be forthcoming.



More info: 928-692-5790.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Register Online for KABAM SLAM III Poetry Competition

Register for KABAM SLAM! - Poetry Competition in Kingman, AZ  on Eventbrite

Register early to help us plan our event. COMPETITORS: select competitor registration.

This year’s SLAM will also feature live dance performances, fire twirlers, and music in an energetic Block Party atmosphere out on Beale Street in front of Beale Street Brews Coffeehouse.

More info: Mikel Weisser: 928-234-5633,


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

KABAM! Live on KZKE Super Country!

March 24, 2010: KABAM's Kristi Turman along with Kingman Mayor John Salem (left), Kiwanis Dollars for Scholars Chair Kevin Schleeter, and Downtown Merchants Association President Chris Durkin are interviewed by KZKE radio to promote KABAM! and related events all occurring in Downtown Kingman on May 15, 2010.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Poetry Bomb Tour - S.A. April 29, 2010: NEXT STOP: ARIZONA

Poet S.A. Griffen is traveling the country with a real Korean-War era bomb (deactivated!) filled with hudreds of contributed poems.

Planned visits include Bullhead City Schools on April 29, 2010, and the Kingman Branch of the Mohave County Library later that evening.

More information about S.A. Griffen's Poetry Bomb Tour:

Poet Ellyn Maybe quoted in UK's THE GUARDIAN

2010 KABAM Featured Poet Ellyn Maybe was recently quoted in a feature article in the UK magazine The Guardian.

In addition to mentioning Ellyn's poem: "Someday Our Peace Will Come" the article discusses renowned Poet S.A. Griffin's "Poetry Bomb" tour going around the country.

To read the full article, visit:

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Steering Committee Meeting TODAY - 4:00 PM

Reminder - KABAM! Steering Committee meets today at 4:00 PM in the Mohave County Library Administration Building, 3269 North Burbank. Lots to discuss, including Arizona State Library participation and ONEBOOKAZ author Jana Bommersbach!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Author Jana Bommersbach visiting KABAM!

Author and journalist Jana Bommersbach will be visiting KABAM! as part of her ONEBOOKAZ tour. Jana's true-crime/mystery The Trunk Murderess: Winnie Ruth Judd is being featured in book discussions and activities held throughout the state of Arizona in 2009 and 2010. Our thanks go out to the Arizona State Library and the Arizona Humanities Council for making this possible.

Donations to KABAM! are Tax Deductible!

The Mohave Library Alliance, parent organization of the KABAM! Festival is now certified by the IRS as a 501c(3) charitable organization. This means that deductions to KABAM! and/or the Mohave Library Alliance are tax deductible.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Dinotrux Rule! - author Chris Gall confirmed for KABAM!

With the generous support of Libraries Limited, award-winning children's author/illustrator Chris Gall is coming to KABAM! and will also be visiting Kingman area schools. In addition to writing children's books, Chris is an accomplished artist, pilot, and classic car enthusiast. Dinotrux has recently been optioned by Dreamworks Animation Studios.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Libraries Limited Donates $1000 to KABAM!

Libraries Limited has pledged $1000 to help bring children's author Chris Gall (DinoTrux!) to Kingman schools for the 2010 KABAM! Festival in May.

Libraries Limited is a 501c(3) charitable organization supporting schools, libraries, and authors in Arizona for more than 30 years.

Thank you! - Libraries Limited, from the KABAM Organizing Committee.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Wednesday: Steering Committee Meeting

4:00 PM, Wednesday January 27.

Library Administration Building conference room.

3269 North Burbank, Kingman

Public and new participants invited. Become informed or get involved!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Slam Poet Aaron Johnson coming to KABAM 2010

Aaron Johnson is a 5 national slam competitor. A leader in the phoenix poetry scene, Johnson was one of the founders of the Northern Arizona Poetry Association, NORAZ, which not only promotes adult poets but has been associated with numerous programs around the state promoting literacy and poetry in schools. A veteran of several cross country tours, Johnson is the author of 3 chapbooks and a founder of Spoken Circus, a music group.

Internationally Renowned Poet Ellyn Maybe coming to KABAM!

Ellyn Maybe has performed her poetry all over the country, including Bumbershoot,the Poetry Project, the New School, Taos Poetry Circus, South by Southwest, Lollapalooza, Albuquerque Poetry Festival and Seattle Poetry Festival. She has also read in Europe at the Bristol Poetry Festival, on the BBC, and in poetry slams and readings in Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Stuttgart. She opened the MTV Spoken Wurd Tour in Los Angeles. In addition, she has also read at USC, UCLA, CSUN and Cal State Fullerton, among other colleges.

Writer’s Digest named her one of ten poets to watch in the new millennium. Her work has been included in many anthologies, including Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution, Poetry Slam, Another City: Writing From Los Angeles, Poetry Nation, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry and American Poetry: The Next Generation. She was on the 1998 and 1999 Venice Beach Slam teams. She was seen reading her work in Michael Radford’s (Il Postino) film Dancing at the Blue Iguana.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Steering Committee Meeting: Jan 27 at Mohave County Library

4:00 PM, in the Library Administration Conference Room.
More info: 928 - 692-5790

Public, book lovers, and new participants invited!

Get involved in Kingman's annual Festival completely devoted to promoting the love books and reading!