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First-ever 'Junction Slam' set for April 18-19

He is a master in both performance poetry and fiction, author of several books, skilled musician, a talented actor, and an experienced, passionate teacher. His mission is to teach budding writers how to build self-awareness, confidence, and the art of "waging peace" - winning people over through peaceful creative expression.His name is SETH, and on Aprili 18-19, the Western Colorado Writers' Forum will host the acclaimed Denver poet in a unique two-part event: A free performance poetry workshop and a slam poetry/fiction performance. SETH's performance workshop will be held 4-6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18, in room 110, at Colorado Mesa University's Houston Hall, 12th Street and North Avenue. On Friday, April 19, 8:30 p.m., at The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St., join SETH, with his eclectic, improvisational band, Art Compost & the Word Mechanics, for the first-ever "Junction Slam," including breakout dance sessions to band music, a cash bar and refreshments. Admission is $5 for students, $10 for adults at the door.The free Writers' Forum workshop is open to any high school/college student or adult who is looking to learn or hone the craft of performing poetry or short prose, and to learn the tricks of the trade, such as how to emote (reciting with emotion rather than simply reading a page), how to effectively engage an audience, and much more. Participants are welcome to bring pieces of their own or another writer's.All writers, readers and workshop participants are invited to perform their three-minute pieces alongside several accomplished regional poets and put SETH's teachings to use in the first-ever Junction Slam - an evening of dramatic performance, music (bring your dancing shoes!) and competition.If that last word leaves you feeling anxious, do not worry. The "Junction Slam" will be much more light-hearted and lenient than highly competitive, and each performer will have the option of being accompanied by SETH and his band. SETH describes the workshop and the "Junction Slam" as an opportunity for people to express their individual views and feelings through art."I've always liked listening to where people are coming from, particularly if they are coming from out of the city," he said, "because people who live in a city like Denver have one way of looking at the world, but when you go out into the smaller metropolitan areas you get a whole different viewpoint of what kids are thinking, feeling and going through.""You know, we all usually need a little help in performance," said Sandy Dorr, WCWF director. "Poets and flash fiction writers here all watch slams on YouTube but don't know how to actually approach one. So we hope the workshop and slam will open the door for them and for everyone to come listen, dance and have a great time."For information, visit www.westerncoloradowriters.org/events-classes/ or call 970-256-4662.


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