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Poetry Slam!

24 Apr
Joe Plum at April's Poetry Slam

Joe Plum at April's Poetry Slam (Photo courtesy A. Rusciano, KNIA/KRLS)

Last evening’s Poetry Slam at The Next Chapter was a great success!

Approximately 30 people attended, including the eight poets who performed their impressive original works, and very special guest, local bard Joe Plum.

The eight competing poets ranged from teens to professionals to retirees, and included: Alex Rusciano, Jay Immel, Clarissa Dorringer, Johoshua Dillinger, David Vanderpool, Dean Johnson, Jen Kuenstling, and Keith Ratzlaff.

After two tough rounds in which each poet performed one poem and was judged on a scale from 1 to 6 by a panel of three judges selected at random from the crowd, a final showdown between Rusciano, Johnson, and Immel was read for the appreciative audience.  After careful deliberation, Mr. Jay Immel emerged as the winner!  Congratulations, Jay!

Between rounds, Joe Plum regaled the audience with stories and recitations of his own original compositions.  Every man, woman, and child in the building was riveted by his soft-spoken delivery and the rich imagery and thought provoking spirituality he conjured for our enjoyment and enlightenment.

What a rare treat in these often difficult times, to be reminded of what’s really important — in this case: self expression, learning, and community.  A heartfelt thank you to everyone who came and participated.  We have already heard from several people (some who weren’t even at the Slam) about how much fun it was, so look out for an announcement about another Poetry Slam at The Next Chapter soon!

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