SCC Press Release

Emotions to flow, words to fly at SCC Poetry Slam on April 26

Get ready to emote! SCC’s Keokuk campus will celebrate National Poetry Month by hosting a Poetry Slam on Saturday, April 26 in the Student Lounge. The event, called SPE@K (Slam Poetry Event at Keokuk), will celebrate poetry in its most dynamic form. Slam Poet Kevin Coval will host the event.

Performing poets can compete for cash prizes in three categories: Single ($250), Group ($500), and Open Mic ($50 drawing).

Kevin Coval is the driving force behind the Chicago-wide Louder Than a Bomb Youth Poetry Festival, and has authored four books of poems. His book, L-vis Lives!: Racemusic Poems is called a “literary work that should be required reading in every high school in America” by Impose magazine. Mr. Coval is Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors and teaches Hip-Hop Aesthetics in the Art and Art History at the University of Illinois-Chicago. His new play, This is Modern Art won the prestigious New Voice/New Visions award from the Kennedy Center, and will premiere in Chicago in 2015.

Mr. Coval will facilitate a poetry workshop at 1:00PM. Following the workshop, Mr. Coval will autograph his works (available for purchase) during a reception at 2:00PM.

SCC English instructor Tom Hayes explains that SCC planners wanted to celebrate National Poetry Month in an interesting way. Inviting Coval to host the event accomplishes that.

“I had the opportunity to attend a convention where Kevin Coval performed. He absolutely blew me away. I cannot say how excited I am that he will be here in person.”

Hayes encourages would-be performers to attend. “If you’re not shy and plan to give voice to your poetic talents, join us for the poetry slam.”

The Slammaster and TimeKeeper will determine the order of performance for single and group bouts by random drawing. Entry is free but you must be at least 16 years old to perform.

Hayes continues, “If anyone can make poetry come alive, he can. Just check out his website and youtube channel. He’s incredible.”

All events will take place in SCC’s Keokuk campus Student Lounge. The workshop starts at 1:00PM, book signing at 2:00PM, and the poetry slam begins at 3:00PM. The event is free to all. Refreshments will be available during the slam. The event is sponsored by SCC’s Karre Library, SCC Culture on Campus, and a variety of SCC student clubs.

For information, contest rules, or to register, contact Julie Meyer at or (319) 313-1961, or visit the Karre Library on SCC’s Keokuk Campus, 335 Messenger Road, Keokuk.

Show off your stuff – or just come to get your fill of poetic talent!

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