Wednesday, April 6, 2011

MWC to host the 2nd Slam Poetry Competition with an Open Mic Night on April 22nd for National Poetry Month

This year’s National Poetry Month in the QC will get a little louder as April 22nd has been chosen for the date of the Midwest Writing Center’s second Slam Poetry Competition, scheduled from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Located on the 3rd floor of Bucktown Center for the Arts, the Midwest Writing Center is excited to be hosting this event for National Poetry Month.

For this month’s competition, there will be an added poetry Open Mic for those who want to share their work but may not be ready to compete.

The Open Mic will begin at 6:00 PM, and the Slam will begin at 7:00 PM.

As well as the addition of an Open Mic, a small cash prize from an anonymous donor will be awarded to the winning poet.

Any poet who wishes to compete in the Slam is encouraged to show up by 6:45 with 3 original poems.

Andrew Ziegler, the event organizer and host, could not be more excited for the April 22nd events. With the first Slam held on March 25th attracting more than 50 people, Ziegler feels that this event can only continue to grow and hopes that more people, with more poetry, will begin showing up to compete and listen to others’ poetry. Ziegler believes that Slam sets aside space for people to connect with one another through one of the most ancient of art forms and, in doing so, helps to strengthen ties between the community who sets time aside to listen. Ziegler says that, “Slam or Spoken Word poetry is simply poetry that demands to be read out loud – poetry that demands to be brought to life and shared rather than being left alone on a page.”

Given that last month’s Slam attracted competitors from Augustana, St. Ambrose, and Quint City Poets, Ziegler is certain that the competition, as well as the community, will continue to grow. Ziegler is also certain that there will be many more close competitions to come especially considering that the last Slam was decided by only 1 point.


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