The Live Experience

LIVE EVENT HISTORY : Steve's formative reading experiences include time on stage at Happy Soul Kitchen (Winona Lake, IN circa 1993-4), the 9th Street Deli (Columbia Missouri circa 1994), the Maple Leaf Grille open mic night (Warsaw, Indiana, in the 2000s), and he has more recently featured at the Green Mill, Chicago (home of the original poetry Slam, the Uptown Poetry Slam hosted by Marc Smith), in the visiting writer series at IU-South Bend, in the Indianapolis Poetry Slam, and at various bars, coffeehouses, and art galleries. Too many to recount.

BOOKING THE REAL STEVE HENN : Steve probably goes over best at venues where alcohol is served. Nevertheless he's capable of playing bars, bar mitzvahs, barbecues, weddings, funerals, group therapy meetings, occupy protests, tea parties, social clubs, basement parties, block parties, and colleges. If you book him, be prepared to laugh, and don't feel embarrassed for him.

To book Steve for a reading email him at or use the contact form located here.

DVD - Mastering the Monotone

Almost 1-hour of the Real Steve Henn in his live incarnation, reading passages from his plethora of released publications. Mastering the Monotone contains the live reading in full from April 27th, 2013 at the St. Regis Club in Warsaw as well as enhanced content consisting of photos, release art & press one-sheets.

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Noteworthy Poetry Shows

Hoosier Delight: Light, Pleasant Entertainment in these Dark, Troubled Times
December 17th, 2016 /// Oak & Alley /// Warsaw, IN
- see Steve, Sarah Miller Freehauf, Erica Anderson-Senter, a possible Poet to be Named Later and jazz trio Shaken Not Stirred in the downstairs lounge

Jolly Melancholy
December 2015 /// Oak & Alley /// Warsaw, IN
- Poetry and jazz show with jazz trio Shaken Not Stirred and poets Sarah Miller Freehauf, Clayton Michaels, Erica Anderson-Senter

Stupider Than Cupider
June 2015 /// Oak & Alley /// Warsaw, IN
- A meeting of great minds, featuring the Warsaw, IN School of Poetics performing in person (and through the internet).

Hiptown Poetry Hipshow
February 2015 /// Oak & Alley /// Warsaw, IN
- Jazz, poetry, and highly dubious professions of undying love and/or casual, fleeing affection.

Long Beach Poetry Festival
October 2013 /// Liberty Art Gallery and Event Space /// Long Beach, CA
- The 3rd annual gathering of regional and national poets, writers, and wordsmiths.

April 2013 /// St. Regis Club /// Warsaw, IN
- Steve's longest and one of his most noteworthy reading/performances. The entire show is available for purchase as a DVD.

September 2012 /// Indiana University South Bend /// South Bend, IN
- Steve's first major reading/performance on a college campus, to what Clayton Michaels of IUSB claimed was one of the largest crowds for one of the most talked about readings they hosted in quite a while.

April 2012 /// Lubeznik Center /// Michigan City, IN
- After entering and winning the inaugural Lubeznik Center (art gallery/center) poetry slam in 2011, Steve returned as a featured performer at the J.W. Basilo-hosted slam in 2012.

December 2011 /// Filler's Hearth /// South Bend, IN
- Steve featured at the S.B. literary show founded by poet and IUSB lecturer Clayton Michaels.

August 2011 /// Green Mill /// Chicago, IL
- This MWPA feature with David Thompson and Oren Wagner was once again at the renowned slam venue, with the regrettable absence of Kaveh Akbar.

April 2011 /// Local's Only /// Indianapolis, IN
- Steve had the mixed fortune of doing a halftime show for an unusual Locals Only crowd of basketball fans, cheering on Butler in the NCAA finals. He brought the house down.

January 2010 /// Green Mill /// Chicago, IL
- Steve and Oren Wagner as a dynamic duo for their first time at the biggest stage in the slam world, Slam creator Marc's Smith's founding show.

October 2009 /// Black Sparrow Bar /// West Lafayette, IN
- 4-poet show featuring Steve Henn, Oren Wagner, David J. Thompson, and Kaveh Akbar. © 2018