In honor of National Poetry Month, Village Books and the Colophon Café are pleased to be teaming up with local poet extraordinaire Dee Dee Chapman as emcee and featured poet Taylor Xavier to bring our second poetry slam to the building! We had so much fun last year, we just have to do it again! This is a free, all-ages (expect some adult language) event, space allowing. The Colophon will be offering drink specials from the bar and food to nibble as the slam goes on. Please support the venue by purchasing from the menu. Contact the bookstore for details or check Village Book's, Colophon Café's and Write Riot's Facebook page.
Poets who would like to read their work can sign up for available spots beginning at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. The popular, free event will fill up; arrive early to grab a good seat. During the slam, poets face off in the friendly competition. Judges score performances with good-natured encouragement from the audience. We're thrilled to welcome featured poet Taylor Xavier, a fiber and spoken word artist from Everett, Wash.
The Write Riot Slam was originally hosted from 2014 to 2016 in downtown Bellingham by local poet Jessica Lohafer. Village Books and the Colophon Cafe were honored to work with Lohafer in 2018 to revive the celebration of local poets and poetry. And we're thrilled to do it again with Lohafer's hand-picked successor -- Dee Dee Chapman -- as host.
Dee Dee Chapman is a writer/film nerd living in Bellingham. In September 2014 she published her chapbook, Colluvium, whose title poem received a 2017 Walk Award from the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. She’s the Editor of Nine Lives Later: a Dead Cat Anthology, released in November 2017.