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Media Release

For immediate release May 19, 2009

Word Up!
Celebrating teen writers of poetry and spoken word

Halifax Public Libraries is pleased to host the Teen Poetry and Spoken Word Awards on Friday, May 22 at 6 p.m. at the Keshen Goodman Public Library. Over 280 entries of original poetry and spoken word pieces were submitted to the competition.

Throughout March and April, the library hosted a number of workshops with poets Sue Goyette and Jenni Blackmore and spoken word artists Reed ‘iZrEAL’ Jones and the newly appointed Mayor’s Poet Laureate Shauntay Grant. In the workshops, youth in grades 7-12 had the opportunity to write poetry and spoken word pieces under the guidance of experienced wordsmiths. They were encouraged to enter their work in the Teen Poetry and Spoken Word Contest.

Prizes will be awarded in junior high and senior high categories. Workshop presenter Jenni Blackmore will be on hand to announce winners and award prizes. An open mike event will follow the awards ceremony, where everyone is invited to share a poem or spoken word piece.

Halifax Public Libraries is the life-long learning centre of the community and the place people turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading and the power of information.

Media inquiries:
Marlo MacKay
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
(902) 490-5852