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Poetry Slam Features Cibola Students

ABQ RIDE will sponsor the event at the Northwest Transit Center near the high school.

Aug 14, 2014
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Northwest Transit Center, 10401 Ellison NW (at Coors Bypass)
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“The poem
feeds upon thought, feeling, impulse,
to breed itself,
             a spiritual urgency at the dark ladders leaping…”

The words expressed in Robert Duncan’s “Poetry, A Natural Thing” could be those of any poet expressing innermost thoughts. Now, you can experience those innermost thoughts of poetic inspiration, if just for an hour, when you attend ABQ RIDE’s The Artistry of Words/Poetry Slam.

This event, unique not only for ABQ RIDE but also for its location will run from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at the Northwest Transit Center, 10401 Ellison NW (at Coors Bypass). Some of Albuquerque’s most poetically-creative minds are expected to recite their work during that hour.

Headlining the Poetry Slam is Albuquerque’s first-ever Poet Laureate, Hakim Bellamy (yes, Albuquerque actually has its own Poet Laureate, named by Mayor Richard J. Berry in April, 2012). Also joining Bellamy in reciting poetry will be students from nearby Cibola High School. That group will includethe school’s Poetry Club, which goes by the moniker Blank Scrypt, along with students from Cibola’s English classes.

Bellamy is set to perform with a DJ. He is a national and regional Poetry Slam Champion, and holds three consecutive collegiate poetry slam titles at the University of New Mexico. His poetry has been published in numerous anthologies.

 Bellamy is also an award-winning writer, musician, journalist and actor. His stage and screen credits include a cameo in the independent film Romeo & Juliet Vs. The Living Dead (2009) along with appearances in such films and TV shows as Gamer (2009), Swing Vote (2009) and Crash, the Television Series, Season II (2010).

Come experience not only one of the most unique events ever staged at the Northwest Transit Center, but also the word pictures that have made poetry such a popular art form.

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