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February 16, 2007

Sherman to Host Spine Tingling Poetry Slam

The hottest upstate poets and wannabes will join Sherman students at the college’s second Spine Tingling Poetry Slam on Saturday, February 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Showroom at Hub-Bub in Downtown Spartanburg (poets register at 7 p.m.). Proceeds from the slam will fund student scholarships at Sherman College. Cover charge of $10 per person includes a t-shirt. Food and beverages will be available for sale. Kimberly Simms of Wits End Poetry and Greenville Slammaster will host the event.

A poetry slam is, simply put, the competitive art of performance poetry as seen on television and in coffee houses across the nation. A slam puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, which encourages poets to focus on what they are saying and how they are saying it. Members of the audience and designated judges will evaluate poets for their three-minute, original constructions, without the use of props, costumes or musical instruments. The numerical scores the poets receive from the judges will be tallied, and the top three poets will be awarded cash prizes ($300, $200, $100).

Go to www.sherman.edu/poetryslam for registration, slam rules and other details. For more information, e-mail Karen Rhodes, Director of Public Relations (krhodes@sherman.edu) or call 864-578-8770, ext. 242.

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