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Congrats Lincoln Slam Finalists!

15 Apr

poetry slam

On April 10th, a Poetry Slam was held here at LHS in order to determine which students will compete on April 30th at the Wonder Ballroom.

Congratulations to our talented Cards!!

Finalists: 1st   McKinley Rodriguez  11, 2nd  Mai O’Neill  9, 3rd  Sage Smiley 11


Verselandia TONIGHT!

25 Apr

Come support your LHS Poetry Slammers TONIGHT!

Verselandia 2012!–Portland’s First All City High School Poetry Slam,–starts at 5:00pm on April 25th at the Mission Theatre.

The MC is slam national champion  Anis Mojgani. Competitors are selected from the high school slam semi finals, hosted by PPS Librarians (CHECK OUT THE WHO PAGE TO SEE FINALISTS’ NAMES!)   Verselandia’s 2012 Slam Champion will be chosen by local celebrity judges. The event is produced by Portland Literary Arts and sponsored byPortland Monthly and  the Paul G. Allen Foundation.

Slam Poetry/Poetry Slam

6 Apr

Since Verselandia is fast approaching, I thought it a good idea to provide some links & information about poetry slams.

How it All Started:

Marc Smith (So What!) is creator/founder of the Poetry Slam movement. As stated in the PBS television series, The United States of Poetry, a “strand of new poetry began at Chicago’s Green Mill Tavern in 1987 when Marc Smith found a home for the Poetry Slam.” Since then, per­formance poetry has spread throughout the world exported to over 300 cities large and small.”

Links & Resources:

Poetry Slam

— “The mission of Poetry Slam Incorporated (PSI) is to promote the performance and creation of poetry while cultivating literary activities and spoken word events in order to build audience participation, stimulate creativity, awaken minds, foster education, inspire mentoring, encourage artistic statement and engage communities worldwide in the revelry of language.”

An Incomplete History of Slam

Portland Poetry Slam (facebook)

Def Poetry Jam

The Poets:

10 Most Amazing Slam Poets on YouTube

— “There’s something about hearing a poem being performed that feels like listening to music: the delivery, pitch, and rhythm are tailored to create just the right reaction and hit you in a very specific way. Whether they’re talking about their first love, worst job, or unbelievable college experience, these slam poets use language and voice like no one else you’ve ever heard. Give them a listen at this link.”


— There are over 60,000 videos related to slam poetry so you’re bound to find someone you like.

Suheir Hammad

— Okay, this is completely subjective and I’m pushing my own personal favorite here. That being said, give her a listen & I bet you’ll find her as amazing as I do. Should you find yourself liking her, check out her written work too.

Who’s your favorite slam poet? Your favorite slam poem?

Don’t forget – Verselandia auditions are being held next Thursday after school in the Library! Come & get your poetry on!!

April 2012 – Upcoming Literary Events

5 Apr

Looking for something fun AND literary to do this month? Check out these events:

April 5th, After School — Verselandia Auditions @ Lincoln Library

Verselandia 2012! is the 1st PPS city-wide all high school poetry slam presented by Portland Literary Arts and hosted by the PPS high school library media specialists.


April 8th, 4pm — Poet Carlos Reyes @ Powell’s on Hawthorne (free)

In his fifth collection, Pomegranate, Sister of the Heart(Lost Horse Press), poet and translator Carlos Reyes offers a lyrical and surreal vision of our world. The edgy tone of this collection represents a departure from his earlier work, but the omnibus quality of this book offers something for everyone.


April 8th, 7:30pm — Cara Hoffman & Amelia Gray @ Powell’s on Burnisde (free)

In Cara Hoffman‘s debut novel, So Much Pretty (Simon & Schuster), journalist Stacy Flynn meticulously details the murder of 19-year-old Wendy White. Her crusade to expose the killer draws the attention of precocious Alice Piper, whose story intertwines with Wendy’s in a spellbinding climax. In Threats(Farrar, Strauss & Giroux), Amelia Gray‘s debut novel, David’s wife is dead. But his efforts to sort out what happened are interrupted by a series of elaborate and escalating threats hidden in strange places around his home, which may be the only clues to his wife’s death.


April 9th, 7:30pm — Leela Corman @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

Unterzakhn (Schocken) is Leela Corman‘s mesmerizing, heartbreaking graphic novel about immigrant life on New York’s Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th century. With brilliant illustrations that capture both the tumult and the telling details of the street life of the time, Unterzakhn tells the story of Esther and Fanya, twin sisters for whom the difference between mere survival and great success involves painful decisions with uncertain consequences.


April 9th, 7:30pm — Doug Mack @ Powell’s on Hawthorne (free)

When Doug Mack picked up a 1963 edition of Europe on Five Dollars a Day, he had an inspired idea: to boldly go where millions had gone before, relying only on the advice of a travel guide nearly a half century out-of-date. Europe on Five Wrong Turns a Day (Perigee) is his account of what followed, a funny, fascinating journey into a new (old) world, and a disarming look at the ways the classic tourist experience has changed — and has not — in the last generation.


April 10th, 5-7:45pm – The 11th Annual Jefferson High School Multicultural Film Festival @ North Portland Library (free)

North Portland Library is proud to cosponsor Jefferson High School’s Multicultural Film Festival showcasing eight diverse movies. Join us for a discussion following the show.

Watch Multiracial Identity. Discussion facilitated by Dr. Yves Labissiere.

More information:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehhxGC0cd4E

Registration note:  First come, first served.


April 11th, 7:30pm — James Bernard Frost @ Powell’s on Burnisde (free)

James Bernard Frost‘s novel A Very Minor Prophet is the story of Barth Flynn, a barista in Portland, Oregon, who lives in a world of bicycles, zines, and cheap beer. Desperate for meaning and relationship, Barth befriends a passionate dwarf preacher named Joseph Patrick Booker who sees light in a gray world and strives to help people find connection with each other and something to believe in. It’s the story of a man who wakes up one day to realize that his life isn’t over; it’s just beginning.


April 12th, After School — Verselandia Auditions @ Lincoln Library

Verselandia 2012! is the 1st PPS city-wide all high school poetry slam presented by Portland Literary Arts and hosted by the PPS high school library media specialists.


April 13th, 4:30pm –Book Fan Friday @ Powell’s @ Cedar Hills Crossing (free)

Book Fan Friday is a workshop for kids 10 to 18 years old who love to write. This month, Stasia Ward Kehoe (Audition) and Rosanne Parry(Second Fiddle) collaborate with a group of accomplished young singers and dancers to present From Stage to Page: Writing about the Arts, a discussion about how to make arts a compelling story.


April 13th, 4-5:45pm — Bilingual Poetry Workshop @ Gregory Heights Library (free)

Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas, a trilingual Mixteco poet, socio-linguist, researcher, filmmaker, percussionist and community educator, will lead this workshop for teens designed to give your imagination a kick-start by introducing you to some of the basics of bilingual poetry.

Este taller está diseñado para poner en marcha su imaginación mediante la introducción a algunos de los fundamentos de la poesía bilingüe y bicultural. Después de tomar este curso usted conocerá los elementos básicos de la poesía, los tipos de poemas, y otros aspectos fundamentales de la poesía.

Registration note:  First come, first served.


April 13th, 7:30pm — Wendy McClure @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

Long fascinated by with the Little House series,Wendy McClure set out to uncover the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie (Riverhead) is a loving tribute to a series that has inspired generations of American women. It is also an incredibly funny first-person account of an obsession, and a story about what happens when we reconnect with our childhood touchstones — and find that our love has only deepened.


April 15th, 2-4pm — Teen Anime Club @ Holgate Library (free)

View, review, snack and yak about all things anime.

Registration note:  First come, first served.


April 18th, 7:30pm — Green Washed: Why We Can’t Buy Our Way to a Green Planet @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

Believing that “shopping green” is key to environmental sustainability, many Americans have dutifully replaced conventional produce with organic and bottled water with water bottles. But is this really any better for the planet? By examining the impacts of green initiatives on several sectors of the economy — infrastructure (green housing), consumer goods (green clothing), food (organic foods), energy (solar power and hybrid cars) — Green Washed: Why We Can’t Buy Our Way to a Green Planet (Ig Publishing) offers a new and unique take on green consumption, showing how smarter shopping is only the first step toward true sustainability.


April 19th — Preliminary SLAM for Verselandia

This year Portland Public Schools is holding a district-wide high school POETRY SLAM called VERSLANDIA on April 25th at the Mission Theater.

If you are interested in participating sign up at the check-out desk in the library. A preliminary SLAM will be held on this date to select Lincoln’s top 3 Slammers.

April 19th, 7:30pm — Blaine Harden @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

In Escape from Camp 14 (Viking), acclaimed journalist Blaine Harden tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, one of the few people born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped and survived. Growing up, Shin knew nothing of civilized existence. He saw his mother as a competitor for food; guards raised him to be a snitch; and he witnessed the execution of his own family. Through this harrowing narrative of Shin’s life and remarkable escape, Harden offers an inside account of one of the world’s darkest nations and a riveting tale of endurance, courage, and survival. This event is cosponsored by the World Affairs Council of Oregon.


April 19th, 7:30pm — Alex Adams @ Powell’s on Hawthorne (free)

In Alex Adams‘s debut, the apocalyptic thriller White Horse (Atria), 30-year-old Zoe is leading an ordinary life with an ordinary job, when the president of the United States announces that human beings are no longer a viable species. Realizing that everyone she loves is disappearing, she embarks, scared and alone, on a remarkable journey of survival and redemption. Along the way, Zoe comes to see that humans are defined not by their genetic code, but by their choices.


April 22nd, 4pm — Poet John Brehm @ Powell’s on Hawthorne (free)

Taking the reader from the subways of New York City to the savannas of Paleolithic Africa to the transplant ward of Kyoto University Hospital, John Brehm‘s new collection of poems,Help Is on the Way (Univ. of Wisconsin Press), is enlivened by the same subtle music, penetrating wit, and emotional honesty that have won him high praise over the years.


April 24th, 6:30-7:30pm — Lit in the Library @ Hollywood Library (free)

Listen to Oregon writers read from their works. This bimonthly program is organized by local writer David Elsey to highlight two writers each reading.

Featuring Moira McAuliffe and David Rutiezer.

Registration note:  First come, first served.


April 24th, 7:30pm — Adam Levin @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

Adam Levin‘s debut novel, The Instructions, was one of the most talked about books of 2010, a sprawling universe of “death-defying sentences, manic wit, exciting provocations, and simple human warmth” (Rolling Stone). In his new story collection, Hot Pink (McSweeney’s), Levin delivers, thankfully, more of the same: shaken snow-globes of overweight romantics, legless prodigies, quixotic doll makers, Chicagoland thugs, dirty old men, protective fathers, balloon-laden dump trucks, and walls that ooze gel — all told with lust and affection, tenderness and karate chops, slapstickery, ferocity, and heart.


April 29th, 3pm — Kir Jensen @ The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, 1022 SW Stark St. (free)

Kir Jensen left the fine-dining-pastry track to sell handmade treats from Sugar Cube, a tiny pink food cart in Portland. Her covetable new cookbook, Sugar Cube: 50 Deliciously Twisted Treats from the Sweetest Little Food Cart on the Planet(Chronicle), is filled with voluptuous sweets intensified with a spike of booze, a lick of sea salt, or a whoop of whipped cream. Danielle Centoni, editor of Mixmagazine and a food writer whose work appears regularly in the Oregonian, co-authored Sugar Cube and joins Jensen at the event.


April 29th, 7:30pm — Moshe Kasher @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

Rising young comedian Moshe Kasher is lucky to be alive. He started using drugs when he was just 12. At that point, he had already been in psychoanalysis for eight years. By the time he was 15, he had been in and out of several mental institutions, drifting from therapy to rehab to arrest to… you get the picture. But Kasher in the Rye (Grand Central) is not a slog through the horrors of addiction. It’s a hilarious memoir about the absurdity of it all, part Augusten Burroughs, part David Sedaris, part Jim Carroll (if a lot more Jewish). Brutally honest and laugh-out-loud funny, Kasher’s first literary endeavor finds humor in even the most horrifying situations.


Have a literary event you’d like to publish here? Do you know of a fun event that’s missing from this list? Please comment on this post & I’ll update for our readers.


Verslandia Poetry Slam Auditions TODAY

5 Apr

Verselandia 2012! is the 1st PPS city-wide all high school poetry slam presented by Portland Literary Arts and hosted by the PPS high school library media specialists.

You get TWO chances to audition and guess what? One of those chances is today, April 5th, after school in the library.


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