Northwest NEWS

August 14, 2000

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Poetry project hosts Grand Slam


Teen poets to be published in chapbook.
Staff photo.

DUVALL‹Crafting poetry out of experiences ranging from bad service at restaurants to the heartache of unrequited love, five young writers competed in the July 22 teen poetry Slam at Main Street Music in Duvall. Cash prizes were awarded to the top three winners based on poetic skill, stage presence and original performance.
   Laban Justice claimed first prize of $25, Darren Carrido was awarded $15 and Daniel Randall won $10.
   On Wednesday, August 16, at 7 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Duvall Library, local writer and poet Katherine Bond leads a workshop called "Risking Poetry: Dancing on the Razor's Edge."
   Warning that "poetry is dangerous," Katherine invites interested teens to bring paper, pens, wild words (caged please) and an attitude. Pizza and beverages will be provided.
   Then on Saturday, August 19, at 6 p.m., the final teen Slam of the summer takes place at Pumps & Grinds on Main Street in Duvall. The stakes are raised as prize money is doubled for this Grand Slam event.
   Poets between the ages of 13 and 19 are asked to submit their poetry for inclusion in a chapbook to be published and distributed throughout the Snoqualmie Valley. Original artwork is also welcome. Submissions can be brought to the workshop or the Slam or sent to Teen Poetry Project, P.O. Box 183, Duvall, WA 98019. Call Carolyn at 425-788-2983 for information on how to submit work by email.
   The Teen Poetry Project is a joint project of the Duvall Arts Commission, the Duvall Foundation for the Arts, Friends of Youth, Redmond Association of Spokenword (RASP) and Main Street Music. The program has been made possible through generous support from the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network.