Rather than starting with the traditional reading by a featured literary figure from the area, the July slam will begin with acoustic music from two top talents of the local music scene as Ben Rogge opens for featured musician Crystal Gorden. A poetry slam, a competition for poets, will immediately follow the musical performances.
Prizes will be awarded to top poets and those who wish to slam should bring at least three poems. The festivities kick off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 27 at the Coffee Shop Gallery, 24 W. Main Street, downtown Vermillion. As always the VLP poetry slam is free and open to the public.
Featured musician, Crystal Gorden, is an English major at USD and has spent the last several years forging her place as a regular on the music scene in the Vermillion area. Her acoustic stylings and subtle energy are reminiscent of Jewel and Lisa Loeb, but Gordon's unique lyrics and unpredictable delivery signal a dynamic storyteller and musician who is quickly coming into her own.
Slam master extraordinaire and VLP member, Doug Murano, said that the July poetry slam looks to have all the elements to make it one of the best yet.
"The June slam is going to be tough to beat. Those in attendance won't soon forget the wonderful surprises that evening held. But that's the thing about VLP poetry slams. Creative people gather, you add in some poetry along with some dangerously caffeinated beverages and wonderful things start to happen. With the addition of the excellent July weather and our highly-anticipated featured musicians, this just might be the defining moment of summer. It's certainly an event you shouldn't pass up," Murano said.
For more information about the slam, contact Annie Christain at Annie.Christain@usd.edu or call 605-677-5229.
The Vermillion Literary Project is a student organization at USD that publishes an annual literary magazine and hosts a variety of literary events for the university community and the general public. For more information, visit http://www.usd.edu/orgs/projlit .