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Poetry Jam/Slam

Dear Poets and faithful supporters of poetry,

For the past fifteen years, the Mendocino County branch of California Poets In the Schools (with the generous support of MCOE, participating teachers, students, the Arena Theater and Mathison Performing Arts Center) has hosted two high school poetry slams. And since the slam season is approaching, it is that time when I write to you and ask if you will judge one of our upcoming 2015 HS poetry slams.

I am looking for two sets of judges---one set (preferably 4 judges) for the coast poetry slam/Poetry Out Loud finals in Point Arena, and another set (3-4 judges) for the Countywide event in Mendocino.

1) The Coast Slam/Poetry Out Loud County Finals will take place on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 4pm (judges arrive at 3:45pm), the Arena Theater in downtown Point Arena. The California Arts Council/NEA/CPITS sponsored Mendocino County Finals for Poetry Out Loud, the national youth poetry recitation contest will begin at 4pm with four schools participating. The Coast HS slam will immediately follow.

2) The Countywide Slam will take place on Tuesday, May 5, 2014 from 4pm to 7:30pm at the Mathison Performing Arts Center on the Mendocino High School Campus.   Six schools will participate.

Please email me if you have questions or to say “yes, I would love to judge!” -- and then let me know which slam you would like to help out with. And if you can’t do it (actually, even if you can), please pass this email on to others you think might be willing to help us out.

Thank you and here's to another fabulous season of youth expression!

Blake More, Mendocino County CPITS area coordinator

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