Bookends: Arts For All to offer slam poetry class -
Published Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 1:00 am / Updated at 11:18 am
Bookends: Arts For All to offer slam poetry class

Arts For All will offer slam poetry as a class during its next semester, which runs Jan. 14 to April 20.

Students in the class will learn techniques for creative writing, performance and memorization, and they will be exposed to myriad performance styles used successfully by slam poets worldwide. Guest poets also will visit the classes.

In competition, the slam poet has three minutes to recite and perform a free-verse poem. Four or five random judges from the audience score the performance.

There are four slam poetry classes that are open to students 12 and older, and cost $7 a week. The four sessions will be offered at different locations, times and days of the week

For more information or to register for classes, visit, call 402-556-7821 or email

On the Calendar

Book signing: Dan Reynolds, author of “Stephen Carter and the Elementals,” 1 p.m.—4 p.m. today, Embassy Park Clubhouse, 9045 Burt St.

Book discussion: I Should Have Read That in School Classics Group, “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov, 6:30 p.m. Monday, the Bookworm in Countryside Village, 87th and Pacific Streets.

Book discussion: Not Just a Book Club, “Giants in the Earth” by O.E. Rolvaag, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, Neb.

Book signing/wine tasting: Joel Butler and Randall Heskett, authors of “Divine Vintage: Following the Wine Trail From Genesis to the Modern Age,” 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, Spirit World, 7517 Pacific St.

Lunch at the Library: Librarian Vicki Wood, “Good Books for Giving,” 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, Bennett Martin Public Library, 14th and N Streets, Lincoln.

Book sale: Friends of the Omaha Public Library, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Swanson Library, 9101 West Dodge Road.

WriteLife Writers’ Workshop: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday, the Pizza Shoppe Collective, 6056 Maple St.

Book discussion: Sherlock Holmes Book Club, “The Adventures of the Golden Pince-Nez,” 10 a.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.

Book signing: Janet Syas Nitsick, author of “Lockets and Lanterns,” 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Westside Community Center, 3534 S. 108th St.

Book talk: Jane Austen Society of Nebraska’s annual Birthday Tea, “The Torments of Rice Pudding and Apple Dumplings: Jane Austen and Food” with Sheryl Craig, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St.

Books and Bagels: “Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop,” 11 a.m. Dec. 9, the Bookworm. (Pre-register at the store or by calling 402-392-2877.)

— Events are free and open to the public.

Contact the writer: Carol Bicak    |   402-444-1067

Carol writes about community news, local profiles, the arts and books. She also covers the zoo.

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