Slam Camp

The library is celebrating the 6th year of Poetry Slam Camp the week of June 19-23! SlamCamp is one insane week of writing, performance, art, friends, and fun for students who will be entering 6th through 9th grade in Fall 2017.

Monday through Thursday, camp runs from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Friday is a half day, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM, and then the showcase event takes place Friday evening at 6:00 PM. Parents, friends, and family members are all welcome to attend the showcase on Friday night.

The featured performer at the showcase event is poet Tara Betts. Tara Betts is the author of two full-length poetry collections Break the Habit, which was published in October 2016 with Trio House Press, and her debut collection Arc & Hue on the Willow Books imprint of Aquarius Press. In 2010, Essence Magazine named her as one of their “40 Favorite Poets”.

Betts was born in Kankakee, IL and is the oldest of three siblings. Her first job was at the Kankakee Public Library. Betts received her B.A. in Communication at Loyola University, Chicago. She received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New England College in 2007.

Betts worked with several non-profit organizations in Chicago, IL including Gallery 37 and Young Chicago Authors. She received her Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing at Binghamton University in 2014.

Refreshments will be served. Support the kids in our community and you’ll be amazed by their talent!

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