Monday, May 3, 2010

Poetry Slam Wrap

On Friday night, April 30, 16 people (10 teens and 6 adults) entered the Library’s first poetry slam. Slam master emcee, Ian Chandler, a student in the creative writing program at Endicott College, ran the event with tact and charm, and entertained us with a few of his own poems (soon to be published on a new poetry page on this blog). Volunteer Judges, Barbara Mahoney, Rodd Stockwell, and Rebecca Shea, scored without tire, and with friendly ears. Thank you Judges! And, many thanks to the members of the Library’s teen advisory board, the Teen Think Tank, for making cookies and rice krispy treats, and for helping to plan the event. Thanks to Josh Hunt for being the scorekeeper, and to Christopher Stockwell for being the timekeeper. Thank you to Nathan and Jeffery Mente, and Nate Shepard for selling refreshments. Thank you Kyle Crosman for being the thumbs up/thumbs down judge on whether a poem kept to the disaster theme, and for bringing the music. 

Dan Sklar, a professor at Endicott College, was the winning adult entrant, and J.D. Debski was the winning teen entrant.  Both winners received gift certificates to a local bookstore, provided through funds from the Friends of the Hamilton-Wenham Library.  The next Poetry Slam is penciled in the Library Calendar for Friday, October 1.

To see pictures from the Poetry Slam go to:  
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library Young Adult Facebook page 

Funds raised at the Teen Think Tank's refreshment table were sent to: Partners In Health for Haitian relief.

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