For poetry lovers in the gorge, The Dalles Middle School will be the place to be on Thursday, April 18.
On that day the school will be home to back to back poetry events, including the school district’s seventh annual poetry slam.
Preceding the poetry slam will be a special concert combining poetry and music. The theme of the concert is “Love and War” and while all of the public is welcome, event organizers extend a special invitation to veterans.
These two celebrations of National Poetry Month are jointly sponsored by North Wasco County School District 21 libraries and Voice Box, a new arts club for teens.
During the first event visiting novelist Roseanne Parry (author of “Heart of the Shepherd,” “Second Fiddle” and “Written in Stone”) and librarian Jim Tindall will be reciting their poetry as a large tribe of musicians improvises around the words.
These music makers include Jeff Carrell, Rory O’Halloran, Penny Wallace, Luis Martinez, Jen Hanlon Wilde, Greg Angeloni and Sarah McIntosh.
Poems during that portion will include “Armored in Afghanistan,” “Camoflauge,” “Kandahar Airfield,” and “Armageddon of the Heart.”
The concert will begin about 3:30 p.m. with the slam to follow immediately.
Mistress of ceremonies for the slam is Voice Box’s Shauni Anderson and slam judges include Janye Guidinger, teen services librarian for the public library; Angela Hanson, young adult literature specialist of Klindt’s Booksellers and Rodger Nichols of Haystack Media, who all, in the scorekeeping tradition, will be wielding cowbells and calculators.
The slam is open to all students and staff of District 21. Last year’s entrants ranged from elementary school students to teachers, with the majority of entries coming in at the middle school level.
Questions may be directed to Jim Tindall at 541-506-3449 ext. 4010 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.