Friday, May 30, 2014

Meet the poets performing at Volume

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Poetry in Spokane is getting good — like, really good. If you were at Terrain's literature park last year or the poetry slam finals this weekend or Neato Burrito basically any Wednesday of the year, you know this. If not, this weekend is your chance to catch up. As one of the cool new things happening at Volume this year, five local poets will read in between local bands. Below, find more about the poets and when and where they'll read.


Friday, 6:45 pm at the Bartlett

Mark Anderson has had a big role in reviving the spoken word scene in Spokane and he's now hosting a sort of Google hangout for reading poetry.

Here, he reads his so-good-it-hurts poem, "Dandelions."


Friday, 7:35 pm at the Bartlett

We couldn't find any video of Lauren Gilmore reading her work, but she's posted some of it here. It's youthful and sweet and dark all at once. Don't miss her.


Friday, 8:50 pm at the Bartlett

Kurt Olson has posted some of his work here and represented Spokane in national and world poetry slams.


Saturday, 6:05 pm at Neato Burrito

Isaac Grambo hosts the Spokane Poetry Slam and helped coordinate the 2013 Individual World Poetry Slam, which was hosted in Spokane last year. Get a taste of his work in this Spokane Public Radio interview and in the video below.


Saturday, 7:05 pm at Neato Burrito

You won't find this poet's work online, so you'll have to actually go to the reading to take it in (which is better than YouTube anyway). Mark Anderson, who gathered the poets for Volume this year, says in just over a year, Oliver Lee has already impressed the local scene, placing in the Last Chance Slam for the Individual World Poetry Slam, competing as a finalist at this month's Spokane Poetry Slam finals and winning the poetry slam organized as part of this year's 50 Hour Slam film competition.

Find the full Volume schedule here and answers to all of your questions about getting tickets here.

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