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Poetry Slam @ Grace Church on 10/5

While the Library undergoes renovations, our 1st Wednesday Poetry Slam and Open Mic is moving to Grace Church for October and November! Just like our slams at the Library, please register between 6:30 and 7:00 PM for the Open Mic or the Slam. Slam poets should bring one original poem of up to 3 minutes. Registration closes promptly at 7, and the program starts shortly thereafter. October’s guest poet is Taylor Steele. Steele is a Bronx-born, Brooklyn-based writer and performer. Her work can be found at such esteemed publications as Apogee Journal, Drunk in a Midnight Choir, Rogue Agent, Blackberry:
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Categories: Events.

Poetry Slam @ Grace Church on 9/7

While the Library undergoes renovations, our 1st Wednesday Poetry Slam and Open Mic is moving to Grace Church for September, October, and November! Just like our slams at the Library, please register between 6:30 and 7:00 PM for the Open Mic or the Slam. Slam poets should bring one original poem of up to 3 minutes. Registration closes promptly at 7, and the program starts shortly thereafter. September’s guest poet is Kearah-Armonie (Kearmonie). Kearmonie is a Brooklyn based poet, spoken word artist, MC, Filmmaker, Blogger, and Writer. She recently completed her B.A. in Documentary Film Production at Brooklyn College, where
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People & Stories Oral History Project: Dennis Polanco

Probably known to most White Plains residents as “Mr. Polanco,” since that is what students in his English classes at White Plains High School call him, Dennis Polanco is in fact much more than a teacher. He is a father, musician, and community leader who has great insights into our city.
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Categories: History and Oral History.

Poetry Slam with Desiree Dallagiacomo on Dec. 2nd

Our exciting Poetry Slam series continues on December 2nd at 7:00 p.m. with an Open Mic, Poetry Slam, and performance from guest poet Desiree Dallagiacomo.  As always, our Slam will be hosted by Eric ZORK Alan. Desiree Dallagiacomo ranked 3rd at the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam, 3rd at the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Slam, 3rd at the 2014 National Poetry Slam, and she is a Pushcart Prize nominee. She has traveled the country teaching and performing poetry. She has been a guest instructor at dozens of universities, including Dartmouth, Vanderbilt, and Columbia University. Her work has been
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Categories: Authors & Books, Events, Library Foundation, and Teens.

Poetry Slam with Gary Glazner July 1st

Our exciting “1st Wednesday” series continues on July 1st at 7:00 p.m. with an Open Mic, Slam competition and performance from guest poet Gary Glazner. As always, our Poetry Slam will be co-hosted by local poet and slam-master Eric ZORK Alan. Glazner is the founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project (APP). The APP was the recipient of the 2013 Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Legacy Award. The APP was awarded the 2012 MetLife Foundation Creativity and Aging in America Leadership Award in the category of Community Engagement. PBS News Hour, NBC’s “Today” show and NPR’s
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Categories: Events, Library Foundation, and Teens.

Venessa Marco Performs at White Plains Library Poetry Slam

Our Poetry Slam & Open Mic program this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. features Venessa Marie Marco, a member of the 2013 Nuyorican National Slam Team, which placed third in the National Poetry Slam in Boston in August. She is an Afro-Caribbean writer who recently moved to New York to pursue her education in creative writing and anthropology. Come hear Venessa and share one of your poems with us. The program starts with an open mic session, and ends with a poetry slam, with our guest’s performance in between. To take part in the open mic or slam, please register at
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Library Team Competes in National Poetry Slam

The Library’s poetry slam team is competing in preliminary bouts at the 2013 National Poetry Slam in Boston this Tuesday and Thursday. Hostage, Eric ZORK Alan (slammaster), Nina Robins, and AJ won spots on the team by competing in our Poetry Slam Finals in May. Assistant slammaster LV (Laura Vookles) will also travel to Boston with the team. The White Plains Library Slam will be one of 72 teams from all over the United States and Canada who will take part in the preliminaries at seven venues in the Boston-Cambridge area. Twenty teams will advance to the semifinals on Thursday,
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Slamming to Make the Team

The library will be holding our Poetry Slam Finals on Wednesday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. The winners of this competition will make up our official 2013 White Plains/ Westchester Poetry Slam Team. Our team  – the only one in Westchester County recognized by Poetry Slam International  – plans to compete in the 2013 National Poetry Slam in Boston this August. Poets who have participated in three of our slams since last June and finished in the top three in at least one of them qualify to compete, but we can’t have a slam without an audience – which is
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Hear Slam Poet Marty McConnell on April 3

Marty McConnell, one of the “greats” in the world of slam poetry, will be performing here on Wednesday, April 3, during our monthly poetry slam and open mic. McConnell has been a member of seven National Poetry Slam teams, and is the 2012 National Underground Poetry Individual Competition Champion. In 2011, she completed her first European tour and debuted her one-woman show, “vicebox.”  Her work has been published in numerous anthologies, and she is a two-time recipient of the Community Arts Assistance Program grant from the City of Chicago’s Office of Tourism and Culture. No stranger to Westchester, McConnell received
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Ben Figueroa Performs at 1st Wednesday Poetry Slam

Come hear Ben “Broken English” Figueroa at our January 2 Poetry SLAM and Open Mic. Ben, the Poet Laureate of Union City, New Jersey, is a self-taught writer, poet, and stage performer. He has headlined shows at Howl Festival, The Bowery Poetry Club, Art House Productions, Louder Arts, and several New Jersey colleges and universities. Figueroa is currently the slammaster and host of Jersey City Slam, which he founded in 2009. If you’d like to take part in our open mic or slam, please sign up at 6:30 p.m. Registration closes promptly at 7 p.m., and the program starts shortly
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Ben Figueroa Performs at 1st Wednesday Poetry Slam

Come hear Ben “Broken English” Figueroa at our January 2 Poetry SLAM and Open Mic. Ben, the Poet Laureate of Union City, New Jersey, is a self-taught writer, poet, and stage performer. He has headlined shows at Howl Festival, The Bowery Poetry Club, Art House Productions, Louder Arts, and several New Jersey colleges and universities. Figueroa is currently the slammaster and host of Jersey City Slam, which he founded in 2009. If you’d like to take part in our open mic or slam, please sign up at 6:30 p.m. Registration closes promptly at 7 p.m., and the program starts shortly
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Our Team at the Olympics of Slam — Nina gets a 10!

The White Plains Library Slam team competed in two preliminary bouts at the 2012 National Poetry Slam in Charlotte NC on August 7 and 8. Seventy-two teams from North America are taking part in this five-day event. Although our team did not advance to the next round in the Nationals, which are truly the Olympics of slam poetry, first-time team member Nina Robins made a hit with her performance of her poem “Arrested.” Her score was 27.6 (out of a possible 30 points). One judge even gave her a perfect score of 10! Team member Bryan Roessel made it to
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