The KABAM! festival began in 2005 with a shoestring budget and a desire to share a love of books and literacy with the Kingman area. Soon after, the poetry slam competition, complete with cash prizes, was added.
Since then, KABAM! has grown to include both local and nationally acclaimed authors, poets, and artists in a friendly, open setting. Local schools work in conjunction to bring our authors and poets into the classroom to share their experience and knowledge. Festival grants assist with these visits and with providing books to our schools.
In 2018 we expanded the festivities and added a conference aimed at the writing community. For a reasonable fee, writers both new and advanced are invited to join breakout sessions with our knowledgeable faculty consisting of authors, publishers, and marketing specialists.
But no matter how much we grow or how many events we add, at our core, KABAM! will always be about the love of books.
The Annual Book Festival is in its 14th year promoting literacy in our schools and the Authors in Schools program is a part of the Workplace Education and Literacy Coalition of Mohave County. The Workplace Education and Literacy Coalition of Mohave County (WELCOME) is an IRS qualified 501(c)3 charitable organization that is comprised of literacy and educational organizations in the community. (WELCOME's tax ID number is 86-0882164.)
The Annual Writer's Conference and Poetry Slam does not fall under WELCOME. However, these two events are popular within our community and are non-money makers. We ask for monetary assistance to help offer the Poetry Slam for free every year. We also ask a small registration fee for writers who attend the writers conference, but it has never covered the cost of running the event. We offer these events to promote the arts in Mohave County. Please consider sponsorship and raffle items for these events as well, even though they are not a tax write-off.