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					         Slammin’ @ your library:
   Poetry Programs for Teens with Beth Gallaway




                  Tuesday September 30, 2003

  10:00-12:00 West Boxford Public Library, West Boxford MA




             This workshop is presented and funded
by the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System (NMRLS).
                               Slammin’ @ your library:
                        Poetry Programs for Teens with Beth Gallaway


                      Poetry Slam and Coffeehouse Resources


Books
Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry edited by Gary Mex Glazner. San Francisco,
Manic D Press, 2000

Slam edited by Ceceily Von Ziegestar; foreward by Tori Amos. Alloy Press, 2000

The spoken word revolution : slam, hip-hop, & the poetry of a new generation edited by Mark
Eleveld; advised by Marc Smith; introduction by Billy Collins Naperville, IL:2003.



Websites
An Incomplete History of Slam http://www.e-poets.net/library/slam/
Follows the evolution of the poetry slam

Poetry in the Branches Sourcebook http://poetshouse.org/librariespitbsrc.htm
Tips for displays, publicity and the event itself!

Poetry Slam Incorporated http://www.poetryslam.com/
Excellent FAQ list

Slammin’ @ your library: Teen Read Week Website
http://www.ala.org/Content/NavigationMenu/YALSA/Teen_Reading/Teen_Reading.htm
Who What Where When and How for this year‟s celebration of reading for the fun of it




                                     Program presented by Beth Gallaway,
                YA Librarian at the Haverhill Public Library egallaway@mailserv.mvlc.lib.ma.us
                                    This workshop is presented and funded
                      by the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System (NMRLS).
                               Slammin’ @ your library:
                        Poetry Programs for Teens with Beth Gallaway


                      Poetry Slam and Coffeehouse Resources


Books
Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry edited by Gary Mex Glazner. San Francisco,
Manic D Press, 2000

Slam edited by Ceceily Von Ziegestar; foreward by Tori Amos. Alloy Press, 2000

The spoken word revolution : slam, hip-hop, & the poetry of a new generation edited by Mark
Eleveld; advised by Marc Smith; introduction by Billy Collins Naperville, IL:2003.



Websites
An Incomplete History of Slam http://www.e-poets.net/library/slam/
Follows the evolution of the poetry slam

Poetry in the Branches Sourcebook http://poetshouse.org/librariespitbsrc.htm
Tips for displays, publicity and the event itself!

Poetry Slam Incorporated http://www.poetryslam.com/
Excellent FAQ list

Slammin’ @ your library: Teen Read Week Website
http://www.ala.org/Content/NavigationMenu/YALSA/Teen_Reading/Teen_Reading.htm
Who What Where When and How for this year‟s celebration of reading for the fun of it




                                     Program presented by Beth Gallaway,
                YA Librarian at the Haverhill Public Library egallaway@mailserv.mvlc.lib.ma.us
                                    This workshop is presented and funded
                      by the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System (NMRLS).
                                 Slammin’ @ your library:
                          Poetry Programs for Teens with Beth Gallaway


Basic Poetry Slam Rules

      Poems must be original/poet‟s own work
      Predetermined time limits are enforced
      No props allowed
      No reading allowed! Poems should be memorized
      Five judges selected from the audience rate each poet on a scale of 1-10 – highest and lowest scores are
       dropped and remaining three are added together
      Poets are rated on performance as well as the poem content
      Everyone participates in the first round; poets are eliminated in subsequent rounds. Judges essentially
       vote for poets who they want to hear more from.
      Winners get prizes
      Audience is encouraged to interact at end of each performance

   Coffeehouse Rules

    Be respectful – NO TALKING when others are reading.
    Cell phones must be turned OFF
    No re-admittance – once you enter the building, you should remain „til the end of the program; if you
       leave you won‟t be let back in
      All regular library rules apply!
      Wait for silence before you start talking
      Introduce yourself – please state your name and the title of your poem before you begin.
      Public speaking tips: Breathe. Look up. Speak slowly and clearly. Smile if appropriate. Relax. Have fun!
      You may opt to start over or read again later in the evening.
      This is an open forum; material is “appropriate” for ages 12-18
      Copies of poems should be submitted to librarian for consideration for a „zine or website

   Event tips:

      Check school calendar before setting date. If event is on Homecoming, people won‟t attend
      Publicize, Publicize, Publicize!
      Get the schools involved. Ask teachers to offer credit. Ask teachers to attend.
      Set up a book display: books in verse, how to write poetry, etc
      Make handouts – poetry booklist, get published, etc.
      Require registration. It will give you an idea of how many to expect. Not everyone will come – be
       prepared to let in kids who show up at the last minute.
      Make everyone who attends sign in with contact info- use the list to contact teens about other library
       events and programs.
      Bounce those who break the rules.
      Choose a host who will keep the program moving – read the rules, introduce readers, and award prizes
      Plan on a 1 ½ - 2 hour program. Take a break in the middle.
      Ask for help! Maybe staff can get comp time for assisting. Get volunteers to assist with sign in, raffle
       tickets, crowd control, refreshment replenishment, evaluations and cleanup. Teen volunteers can do some
       of these tasks
                                       Program presented by Beth Gallaway,
                  YA Librarian at the Haverhill Public Library egallaway@mailserv.mvlc.lib.ma.us
                                      This workshop is presented and funded
                        by the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System (NMRLS).
                              Slammin’ @ your library:
                       Poetry Programs for Teens with Beth Gallaway

 Create a participation certificate for attendees to take home.
 Get local businesses to donate prizes and food. If you don‟t make the event competitive, raffle off some
  prizes. Fun prizes: gift-wrapped books, bag o‟junk food, get out of jail free cards to waive library fines or
  fees.
 Do a simple evaluation. Provide space for kids to put optional name & contact info
 Promote other library events before end of program
 Send thank you notes to all the helpers and sponsors!




                                    Program presented by Beth Gallaway,
               YA Librarian at the Haverhill Public Library egallaway@mailserv.mvlc.lib.ma.us
                                   This workshop is presented and funded
                     by the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System (NMRLS).
                                  Slammin’ @ your library:
                          Poetry Programs for Teens with Beth Gallaway
                                            Event Checklist
1 month in advance:

      Decide on type and format of program
      Hire opening or intermission act or feature poets
      Pick date
      Book room

3 weeks in advance:

      Send out PR
      Invite local cable access company to film
      Ask schools to offer extra credit
      Invite the press, scouting groups, and other local organizations that work with teens
      Solicit donations by letter
      Begin registration

2 weeks in advance:

    Solicit volunteers to help with set up, breakdown, etc.
    Follow up donation requests with telephone calls or site visits.
    Create book display to hype event

1 week in advance:

      Begin picking up prizes
      Verify room reservation
      Photocopy handouts
      Purchase non-perishables and paper goods
      Begin putting together a box with handouts, evaluations, first aid kit, paper goods, etc.

1 day in advance:

    Make reminder phone calls/send emails to participants - ask each one to bring three friends
    Make reminder phone calls/send emails to volunteers

Day of event:

    Pick up food
    Set up room

1 day after event:

                                       Program presented by Beth Gallaway,
                  YA Librarian at the Haverhill Public Library egallaway@mailserv.mvlc.lib.ma.us
                                      This workshop is presented and funded
                        by the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System (NMRLS).
                             Slammin’ @ your library:
                      Poetry Programs for Teens with Beth Gallaway

   Send a press release to papers, naming winners and thanking sponsors
   Write personal thank you notes to everyone who helped
   Record statistics
   Review evaluations




                                   Program presented by Beth Gallaway,
              YA Librarian at the Haverhill Public Library egallaway@mailserv.mvlc.lib.ma.us
                                  This workshop is presented and funded
                    by the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System (NMRLS).
                                  Slammin’ @ your library:
                           Poetry Programs for Teens with Beth Gallaway


                                       PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release

Please run several times

September 26, 2003

                           Slammin’ @ Your Library: Poetry Event for Teens

        The Haverhill Public Library concludes Teen Read Week with a Teen Poetry Slam on Friday, October 24

at 7:00 PM in the Johnson Auditorium. Poets ages 12-18 are invited to participate by performing their original

works on stage to compete for prizes. Refreshments will be served.


        A poetry slam is a performance – no props, no reading! Judges will be chosen from the audience.

Registration is required, to sign up please call Beth Gallaway, Young Adult Librarian at (978) 373-1586.



                                         PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release

Please run several times

Date

                           Slammin’ @ Your Library: Poetry Event for Teens

        The NAME OF LIBRARY concludes (celebrates, kicks off) Teen Read Week with a Teen Poetry Slam

on DAY, DATE at TIME in LOCATION. Poets ages 12-18 are invited to participate by performing their

original works on stage to compete for prizes. Refreshments will be served.


        A poetry slam is a performance – no props, no reading! Judges will be chosen from the audience.

Registration is required, to sign up please call YOUNG ADULT LIBRARIAN at PHONE NUMBER.
                                        Program presented by Beth Gallaway,
                   YA Librarian at the Haverhill Public Library egallaway@mailserv.mvlc.lib.ma.us
                                       This workshop is presented and funded
                         by the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System (NMRLS).
                                Slammin’ @ your library:
                         Poetry Programs for Teens with Beth Gallaway


               Print Magazines & 'Zines that publish Teen Poetry


Cecelia and Frederick                                       Cicada
http://www.teencybercenter.org/tps/caf4.htm                 http://www.cricketmag.com/
Submit to: Teen Poets Society                               Marianne Carus, editor in chief. (6 issues/year)
c/o Haverhill Public Library                                Creative writing magazine for teenagers by the
99 Main St.                                                 creators of Spider, Cricket, Babybug, etc
Haverhill, MA 01830                                         Pay: up to $3.00/line for poetry, up to $.25/word
Deadline: Friday March 28 2003                              for manuscript
                                                            Submit to: Submissions Editor
VOYA Teen Poetry Contest                                    Cicada
http://www.voya.com                                         P.O. Box 300
Submit to: Beth Gallaway or your local                      Peru, IL 61354
librarian                                                   Deadline: varies
c/o Haverhill Public Library
99 Main St.                                                 Speak Up Press
Haverhill, MA 01830                                         http://www.speakuppress.org/
Deadline: December 2003                                     Submit to: Speak Up Press
Winners are published in the April 2004 issue.              P.O. Box 100506
                                                            Denver, CO 80250
Merlyn's Pen                                                email to: SpeakUPres@aol.com
http://www.merlynspen.org/                                  NOTE: Writers must submit work with release
James Stahl, editor. Annual. Publishes 40-50 of             letter and cover sheet, available online from
10,000 submissions, 25 are poetry, from teens               website
11-19
Pay: $25.00-$250.00/item                                    RA: Recycled Art
Submit to: Merlyn's Pen Inc                                 All ages „zine: obscenity-free, blasphemy-free,
4 King Street                                               profanity-free
East Greenwich RI 02818                                     Submit to: RA: Recycled Art
OR email merlynspen@aol.com                                 P.O. BOX 1212,
Deadline: varies                                            Haverhill, MA 01830
NOTE: Writers must submit work with                         Deadline: Varies
Merlyn's Pen cover sheet, available by calling
1-800-247 2027 or on website




                                      Program presented by Beth Gallaway,
                 YA Librarian at the Haverhill Public Library egallaway@mailserv.mvlc.lib.ma.us
                                     This workshop is presented and funded
                       by the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System (NMRLS).
                                Slammin’ @ your library:
                         Poetry Programs for Teens with Beth Gallaway


                           Websites that publish Teen Writing

Poetry Mag http://www.poetreemagazine.org/
Formerly a print magazine, PoeTree publishes children's, teen and adult poetry

Merlyn's Pen http://www.merlynspen.org
Quality writing and artwork by teens.

Teen Ink http://www.teenink.com/
Online version of print magazine that publishes stories, poetry, essays, interviews and reviews by teens

TimBookTu: http://www.timbooktu.com/
Stories, poetry and essays with an African American Flavor

Alloy.com: http://www.alloyonline.com
Online teen magazine that has published print books of member poetry

Get a FREE online journal!
Blogspot http://www.blogspot.com
Livejournal http://www.livejournal.com

Writing Contests:
Push Publishers http://www.thisispush.com
Deadline: ongoing

Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contest http://www.aynrand.org/contests/
2003 Deadline: TBA
For details, please visit the website at:

Massachusetts League of Women Voters 2003 Essay Contest
http://www.ma.lwv.org/Essay/index.htm
2003 Deadline: TBA




                                      Program presented by Beth Gallaway,
                 YA Librarian at the Haverhill Public Library egallaway@mailserv.mvlc.lib.ma.us
                                     This workshop is presented and funded
                       by the Northeast Massachusetts Regional Library System (NMRLS).

				
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