Calling all Poets, Song Writers and Wordsmiths!

Poetry Crowd

“We write because we believe the human spirit cannot be tamed and should not be trained.” –Nikki Giovanni

April is National Poetry Month, and the Pine River Library is teaming up with the Bayfield School District to host a community poetry slam at the 2nd Annual Pine River Library Poetry Night on April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Community members are invited to share their own poetry at the event, and it is also open to participation from students at Bayfield Middle School and Bayfield High School. Students from surrounding school districts are invited to participate as well.

“I loved hearing the amazing poems that were shared last year,” said Brenda Marshall, the Director of the Pine River Library. “The poets were brave, funny and inspiring. I’m really looking forward to this event!”

Community members can Click Here to sign up, and students can register their performance with Mr. Brian Sleevi at Bayfield High School. You can also call 970-884-2222 Ext. 1 or stop by the library to be added to the set list.

“We’re looking for all kinds of poetry,” Sleevi said. “So bring your spoken word, your slam, your rap. Share your sonnet or haiku. Recite your favorite Langston Hughes…or Shakespeare…or TuPac. Read us the song you wrote in your composition book during math class. All of your words are welcome!”

Attendance is free and open to the public, although the recommended audience is 12 years old and above. A maximum time of four minutes has been set for each of the readings that will be performed.

“We are so excited to be hosting the Slam again this year. It fits right in with the library’s mission of ‘connecting community.’ As we found out last year, there is such a wealth of talent in our town. Like libraries, poetry is for everyone!” said Darcy Poletti, the library’s assistant director.

For more information, call Roxanne Henderson at 970-501-0044, or email Brian Sleevi at BHS.

“Let’s celebrate our voices!” Sleevi urged.