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New Community Poetry Slam gives teens and adult space to shine

On Saturday, local poets can show the community how well versed they are.

The Community Poetry Slam, which welcomes local poets and writers ages 14 and older, will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Annex at Bluebird & Co. in Crozet. The event is presented by Crozet Library and Bluebird & Co.

Sadie Adams, a Western Albemarle High School senior who is serving as Crozet Teen Poet Laureate, will serve as host for the event, and local poets Madisen Kuhn and Hannah Joel will be the judges.

All forms of poetry are welcome, and poets can compete for prizes provided by Bluebird & Co., which is at 5792 Three Notch’d Road in Crozet. The slam is free, and light refreshments will be provided.

Saturday’s slam also will serve as the launch of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library’s inaugural Teen Poet Laureate contest. It began last year as a Crozet contest, but this time, poets ages 14 to 18 in Charlottesville and Albemarle, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties also may participate.

The Teen Poet Laureate contest winner will spend the next year as a teen ambassador to help boost interest in poetry throughout the area. Online applications will be accepted from Saturday through March 24. For information, go to


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