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UD’s ArtStreet annual LitFest Poetry slam- a lively spoken word contest


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Local poets, led by Lincoln Schreiber, will gather at 9:30 p.m. Sat, March 28, at the University of Dayton’s ArtStreet to compare their prowess at the annual Lit Fest poetry slam.

Poetry slams are lively contests of the spoken word, according to Lit Fest organizers. Associate English professor Albino Carrillo said Schreiber has led a revival of slam poetry in Dayton in the past year, bringing together poets once a week at a local bar to slam and share their art.

Award-winning poet Janet McAdams will give a reading before the slam. McAdams’ The Island of Lost Luggage, won a 2001 American Book Award. In 2002, the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers named her mentor of the year. She also is the editor of the Earthworks Book Series of Native American Poetry. Lit Fest begins Fri, March 27.

All events are free and open to the public. Events are at ArtStreet, unless noted otherwise. For more information, contact Carrillo at 937-229-3417 or albino.carrillo@notes.udayton.edu.

Here is the full schedule:

  • 10 a.m. Friday: Opening remarks and refreshments
  • 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday: Poetry readings and panel discussions
  • 6-7:15 p.m Friday: Wine and cheese meet-and-greet (Sears Recital Hall)
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday: Poetry reading with Ruth Ellen Kocher of the University of Colorado
  • 10-11 a.m. Saturday: Continental breakfast
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday: Poetry workshops with Jefferson Adams, Fred Kirchner and Abby Purdy
  • 12:45-2:15 p.m. Saturday: Poetry readings with Jefferson Adams, Noah Falck, Fred Kirchner and Matthew Estvanic
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday: Poetry reading with Jeff Gundy of Bluffton College
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday: Poetry reading with Janet McAdams of Kenyon College
  • 9:30 p.m. Saturday: Poetry slam.

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