Juneau’s celebration of National Poetry Month continues this week with Poetry Omnibus, the Woosh Kinaadeiyí Poetry Slam, and a First Friday poetry reading.
Tonight, April 5, winners of this year’s Poetry Omnibus contest will read their works at a reception at the downtown library. Poetry Omnibus is a literary outreach program in which poems are selected for placement on Capital City Transit buses for one year. Inspired by similar programs in London, Seattle, and New York, Poetry OmniBus helps promote local writers and the literary arts while offering bus passengers an interesting alternative to advertising placards and public service announcements.
Readings from this year’s poets begin at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free. Refreshments will be served.
On Friday, April 6, the Woosh Kinaadeiyí Poetry Slam and Open Mic will be held at Choco’s on Franklin Street. Hosted by Nahaan and Christy NaMee Eriksen, the slam is normally held on the third Friday of every month, but was moved up a couple weeks to kick off National Poetry Month and to celebrate the grand opening of Choco’s new location on 127 S. Franklin St. Sign up starts at 6 p.m., show starts at 6:30 p.m. This event is open to writers and performers of all ages and abilities; those who want to compete in the slam should bring three original poems to perform. Music with DJ Manu (co-owner of Choco’s) will follow the show beginning at 9 p.m.
Also on First Friday, students from the CARES program will read their poems at Alaska Litho’s First Friday reception. “Power of Words: Spoken Word and Performance Poetry” highlights work by CARES students (Credit Achievement Recovery & Employability Skills), an after-school program run by the Juneau School District for all local high school students. The reading starts at 6 p.m. and poetry chapbooks will be available for purchase.