April 24th, 2013: TruArtSpeaks presents the (K.)N.E.W. MN Youth Poetry Slam Team at the Lowertown Reading Jam

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The Saint Paul Almanac is pleased to announce the seventh in its 2012–2013 season of acclaimed Lowertown Reading Jams, which celebrate the rich literary history of Minnesota’s capital city.

The “(K.)N.E.W. MN Youth Poetry Slam Team” Lowertown Reading Jam takes place on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul. All ages, no cover, donations accepted. Food and beverages for sale. This presentation of the popular and eclectic series presents the six youth poets that will be representing our state in the international Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Slam Festival in Chicago this August!

Watch SPNN’s video of the Lowertown Reading Jam

About the “(K.)N.E.W. MN Youth Poetry Slam Team” Lowertown Reading Jam

The (K.)N.E.W. MN Youth Slam Team finalists. Back Row: Chava, Ramaj, Mika, Laresa, Fatima, Eshay, Donte, Terrance. Ground Level: Nazeem, Kayla, Luke. Not Pictured: Joseph

The (K.)N.E.W. MN Youth Slam Team finalists. Back Row: Chava, Ramaj, Mika, Laresa, Fatima, Eshay, Donte, Terrance. Ground Level: Nazeem, Kayla, Luke. Not Pictured: Joseph

The (K.)N.E.W. MN Youth Poetry Slam Series is a program that seeks to identify six youth poets between the ages of 13-19 to represent Minnesota in the annual international Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Slam Festival. Minnesota has successfully sent seven teams to Brave New Voices, financing their trips solely from community donations and support. Help us send an eighth team to Chicago this August!

On Friday, March 29th at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theater in South Minneapolis, the state of Minnesota and TruArtSpeaks chose the six youth poets in front of a crowd of over 175 supportive community members. The team has been identified as Mika, Ramaj, Donte, Laresa, Luke, and Kayla.

About TruArtSpeaks

TruArtSpeaks has been an active organization in the Twin Cities since 2006. TruArtSpeaks utilizes elements of hip-hop, spoken word, and the arts, to encourage literacy and develop leadership in the communities we serve, supporting a generation of vibrant young voices as they make their claim on the world. We provide a platform for youth to find, develop, study, and share their stories in safe spaces. TruArtSpeaks dares participants to give back and become agents of the change they seek.

TruArtSpeaks is fiscally sponsored by Arcata Press dba The Saint Paul Almanac in St. Paul. Arcata Press is legally recognized as a nonprofit with 501(c)3 tax exempt status. Donations to TruArtSpeaks are welcomed. Please make all checks payable to Arcata Press dba Saint Paul Almanac, Memo line: TruArtSpeaks. Checks can be mailed to: Saint Paul Almanac, 275 East Fourth St. Suite 701, Saint Paul, MN 55101.

Location

“(K.)N.E.W. MN Youth Poetry Slam Team” Lowertown Reading Jam will be presented on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, 308 Prince Street in Saint Paul.

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