The Great American Poet Show aka (GAPS) is a unique poetry concert designed to showcase the talents of American poets. Our goal is to find outstanding poets…raw or polished who have something important to say, and afford them with the opportunity to share their voice and poetic gifts with a live audience.
Conceived of and produced by Ruth Henderson, aka “Ruth Truth”, who is a gifted professional poet, three time book author, and experienced show producer. When Ruth discovered that there are over 6 million poets in America, but very few opportunities for poets to share their poetry, she recognized a need to provide a platform for aspiring poets to shine and express themselves. Hence the Great American Poet Show (GAPS) was born.
The Great American Poet Concerts are a fresh and novel approach. Ruth says, “our concerts are not competitions. I did not want poets to have to compete against one another to win a prize. ALL of the poets who are selected to perform in our concerts receive a beautiful award for their participation because they all are winners!”
For the first time ever, the (GAPS) organization offers concerts which provide aspiring poets great awards, recognition, exposure, and the chance to be heard by a live audience consisting of high-profile celebrities, poets, authors, book publishers, and literature industry professionals.
At our concerts we also recognize well-established poets and writers by presenting them with awards for their outstanding contributions to the world.
Our organization was also formulated to feature a television program called: The Greatest Poet Show which will soon be aired on YouTube starting March 2016, and each week will feature a new segment of the show which will feature various talented poets from across the U.S. We will also be hosting two Poetry Concert Luncheon Award Ceremonies per year featuring American poets who will recite two of their poems in front of a live audience.
Our ultimate goal is to have a weekly Poetry Show on a major television network such as BET.