Spring Poetry Slam This Week

Spring Poetry Slam This Week Poetry plus performance plus pronouncement of champions will equal competitive recreation when Camden County College’s Mental Elevations Book Club sponsors its annual spring poetry slam on April 25.

The event will be held in the Camden Conference Center auditorium of the Camden Technology Center, which is located at 200 N. Broadway on the college’s Camden City Campus. Competition will run from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and an open-mic opportunity will be offered afterward.

Poetry slams take the traditional poetry reading to the extreme, providing a forum for poets to perform rather than just read and to compete rather than just entertain. Quality of content and quality of presentation factor into the judging criteria. Winners typically are masters at both.

Another key difference between a slam and a reading is attendee involvement. Audience members are encouraged to be very vocal with their feelings about each performance and contribute toward the judging.

Attendance at and participation in the slam are free and open to the public. So is reading as part of the open-mic session. As a result, students, alumni and community members are welcome.

Poets who would like to compete, however, must register with John Coleman, Mental Elevations Book Club president. He can be reached via e-mail at struggles25@yahoo.com.

Refreshments will be served.

For additional information, contact club adviser Dr. Elisabeth “Lis” Bass by telephone at (856) 968-1385, or via e-mail at lbass@camdencc.edu.

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