|Poetry workshops to prepare teens for slam competition|
|August 02, 2013|
Many believe that teens speak a language all their own. While this dialect isn’t always easily understood, several poets, writers and performers celebrate teens’ unique forms of self-expression. Omaha Public Library invites teens in grades 8-12 to express their creativity through a series of poetry workshops. Coaches and experts from Louder Than a Bomb will be available to help participating teens with poetry selections and performances. Workshops will lead up to a live poetry competition sponsored by Omaha Public Library – the Teen Poetry Bash on December 14, where teens can win cash prizes for winning performances. Workshops will be held the second Saturday of each month at 1-2:30 p.m. through November. Registration is requested at omahalibrary.org or by calling the hosting branch.
Louder Than a Bomb is a youth poetry festival that originated in Chicago and was featured in an eponymous documentary. It aims to increase poetry appreciation through participation. The local festival is presented by the Nebraska Writers Collective, who introduced it to Omaha during the 2011-2012 school year and had participation from 12 area high schools in its first season. For more information about Louder Than a Bomb Omaha, visit ltabomaha.org.
Visit omahalibrary.org for information about additional programs offered at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.