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Teen Poetry Slam at Riverside Public Library

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On Saturday, September 21, 2002, starting at 1:30 p.m., the Riverside Public Library will present its first Teen Poetry Slam. Riverside teenagers are invited to bring your friends, your poems, and your voices to show your stuff and inspire your friends.

Look for the big blue tent outdoors on the Main Library Plaza at 3581 Mission Inn Avenue, just next door to the Mission Inn downtown. Veteran Slam Team coach, performance poet, and founder of the Breathing Poetry project, Kim Jordan will be on hand to direct the Riverside Slam. "Slam," according to Jordan, "is a sporting event for people who write." Because slam involves both poet-performers and audience-judges, with much mutual encouragement, Jordan says "Slam. .. fulfills a need in the community and the world -like a modern-day town meeting. ...Slam poetry is by the people, for the people and judged by the people." Having spent her childhood and teenage years in Riverside, Jordan now lives in Vermont where she is known as the "slam mistress of Burlington." Riverside Public Library Children's Librarian, Sue Struthers says "with the Teen Poetry Slam, the Library is kicking off a whole new year of teen programs. Look for more teen slams, writing workshops, jams, and 'zines. We have lots more information in the Teen section in Riverside's Main Library, second floor." Adding to the excitement on September 21st, radio station KGGI will broadcast live from the Main Library Plaza. KGGI is asking teenagers to come to their booth, show their library cards or sign up for a new library card and then register for the Grand Prize drawing of a home computer system. Like all special events at the Riverside Public Library, the Teen Poetry Slam is free of charge. For more information on the program, contact Kathryn Morton, Cultural Programs Coordinator, Riverside Public Library at (909) 826-5541 or Sue Struthers, Children's Librarian, Riverside Public Library at (909) 826-5369.

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