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Poetry workshops to prepare teens for slam competition

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 or by calling the hosting branch.
  • August 10 at Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., 402.444.4849, with coach Andrew Ek.
  • September 14 at W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 W. Dodge Rd., 402.444.4852, with coach Dasha Kelly. 
  • October 12 at W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 402.444.4800, with coach Sam Cook. 
  • November 9 at South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 402.444.4850, with coach Robbie Q. Telfer. 
 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

Visit for information about additional programs offered at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations. 

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