Annette Hope Billings will present “A Net Full of Hope” a poetry performance on Thursday, August 11, between 11:30 and 1:30, in Oppenstein Park, at 12th & Walnut in Downtown Kansas City.

In the words of the poet: “In our divisive society, much exists that serves to further a sense of separateness. Despite this, well­spoken poetry remains as unifying a force as it has ever been. The written/spoken word yields influence on the common fabric of our lives. It can connect threads of human experience­­love, loss, anger, hunger for justice, grief­­ by weaving in hope. There seems to be a frequent urge to cast stones at one another. What my poetry suggests and demonstrates is the casting of hope in written/spoken form.”

Billings is known for the dramatic presentation of her work. She is an award-winning poet, actress and playwright. Her most recent collection of poetry is “A Net Full of Hope,” available on Amazon.

Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks, Greg-Go BBQ and Bop N Bowl.

This free performance is part of the 2016 Art in the Loop Project: Connect brought to you by the Art in the Loop Foundation with the financial support of the City of Kansas City, Missouri, KC Streetcar Authority, Missouri Arts Council, Neighborhood Trust and Development Fund, ArtsKC and many corporate sponsors.