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Poetry Slam 2011

Locals recite and write poetry in celebration of Black History Month.

In celebration of Black History Month, Central Library hosted "Poetry Slam 2011." With events lined up for children and adults throughout February, library manager Alexandra Beswick saught to hold a special event with teens in mind.

In efforts to inspire student to write their own poetry, they were each given a pack of decorated paper and a pencil after reading a poem of their choice . During the two hour jam, poems were read from library books, improvised on the spot, written on paper and recited from the heart. As individuals sat and let the poetry flow from within and land on their paper, one poem after another was debuted to the group.

The first ever Poetry Slam at Central Library ended with a mother of three reciting a poem she wrote especially for her daughters after watching them spend the last two hours writing and reciting.

Jake West February 27, 2011 at 11:14 PM
Hey! I am one of the people in the video. I just wanted to say thank you for the mention in this article. I am a local area artist (Writing is actually a secondary form of expression; I'm more of an actor/singer) and any exposure what so ever is priceless. Once again, thank you and good job on the article! -Jake West jakewest717@yahoo.com
Julia Harris February 28, 2011 at 01:19 AM
Hi Jake, I know that Julie enjoyed reporting on this event. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving us a comment. Julia
Alexandra Beswick February 28, 2011 at 05:20 PM
thank you everyone for being here on a gorgeous Saturday and for sharing your talents and creativity with one another. It turned out to be a special event, reflecting how special and unique you each are. Alexandra Beswick Central Library Manager
Alexandra Beswick February 28, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Cobb County Public Library System also appreciates Patch's coverage and promotion of its ongoing events. thank you! Alexandra Beswick Central Library Manager
Julia Harris February 28, 2011 at 06:36 PM
Hi Alexandra, You are very welcome! Please keep us informed so that we can continue covering your news and events. Julia

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