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      Top teen poets to compete in poetry slam

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      The Birmingham Public Library will host a Poetry Slam April 6, 2014, and the top teen poets in our area will compete. They are students from 13 high schools in Jefferson County- which held preliminary competitions. {}It's called WORD UP! 2014 and features spoken word. {} The theme of this year's competition is "community."A three-person panel will judge the competition, and the winners can walk away with money. {} The first place winner will receive $300, second place $200 and third place $150."I'm so proud of them,'' says John Paul Taylor, co-founder and director of RLP- Real Life Poets. "I just returned from a San Francisco poetry conference. They were impressed with RLP and what we are doing in the community. {}We continue to put Birmingham on a national map.''Real Life Poets is a sponsor of the event along with the Birmingham Public Library. {}Chanda Temple, with the library, adds this note: {}"RLP hosts teen poetry workshops every Saturday at the downtown Birmingham library's Story Castle from 2 to 4 p.m. A teen poetry open mic is held every third Saturday at the Desert Island Supply Co. (DISCO) in Woodlawn, 5500 First Ave. North. For the teen open mic, doors open at 6 p.m. and performances are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. An adult poetry workshop is held every first Tuesday in the Story Castle from 6 to 8 p.m. All events are free.

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