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Poetry Bomb to Hit Tahoe in April during National Poetry Month

Posted on March 29, 2012
Filed Under South Tahoe Events

Bona Fide Books will dispatch the Tahoe poetry posse to “bomb” the town with words that will make you laugh, make you cry, and soothe your weary soul sometime in April.

Kim Wyatt, publisher of Bona Fide Books in Meyers, organizes the event every April as part of National Poetry Month. “When times are hard, poetry can give people hope,” Kim says. “We’re hoping that people receive the exact poem they need to read at that moment.”

Shown here is Melissa Lanitis Gregory’s ‘Loves Labour Lost’ Sonnet Art Bonnet.

Wyatt and her team will canvas South Shore to place 10,000 poems into the hands of local residents. Suggestions for the 2012 poems were solicited from local poets and writers.

“We mark the most important times of our lives—graduation, weddings, and funerals—with poems,” Wyatt said in a statement. “They provide immediate connection in a way no other writing does. We want to share the power of poetry with our town, and, in a way, help people feel less alone.”

Celebrate National Poetry Month around Tahoe:

  • Poet Suzanne Roberts, Reading and Book Signing, Writers in the Woods Series, Friday, April 13, 7PM
    The Center for Environmental Sciences, Room 139, Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, Nevada.
  • Poetry Slam, LTCC, April 26 at 8pm in the Aspen Room with emcee Denise Jolly
    Free and open to students and community; $5 for competitors, and each competitor should prepare two poems. Sign-ups occur 15 minutes before the event. Winner takes all!
  • 6th Annual Tahoe Poetry Slam, April 27, 7 pm, Patterson Hall, Sierra Nevada College. The evening is free and open to all.
    Cash prizes for the top three competitors: First place and Tahoe Slam Title receives $300, second place $200 and third place is awarded $100. Participants must be present 20 minutes prior to the show to sign-up; the first ten participants to sign up will compete. Each competitor has 3 minutes to perform their poem. The emcee is Poetry Slam Champion and audience favorite Denise Jolly.
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