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NCCC to present "WordSpring!" April 29

SARANAC LAKE- If you think poetry readings are dull and dusty, think again. A performance by three spoken word poets Thursday, April 29th at 7 p.m. will have you on your feet. North Country Community College and the Adirondack Center for Writing present WordSpring!, a rare night with Liza Jessie Peterson, Jon Sands, and JeanannVerlee. In short, these three are to poetry what hip hop is to music: cutting edge, full of rhythm and style and bound to smash stereotypes.

The trio, will take the stage at 7:00 P.m. on Thursday, April 29th at the David W. Petty Lecture Hall on the North Country Community College Campus in Saranac Lake. The event is free and open to the public.

A revolution is taking place at the forefront of the poetry world, with writers performing on stage in the competition format of the "slam," with words being taken from the page and turned into captivating performances that leave audiences hooting, hollering, and nodding their heads.

For five years, the Adirondack Center for Writing has been bringing performance poets to the Adirondacks and every time they pack the house. "We are so excited to bring these three new poets to North Country Community College." says Adirondack Center for Writing director Nathalie Thill, "For years we have brought various spoken word poets to the area to lead writing workshops for high school students and they have developed quite a following locally. This will be the first time these particular poets have performed in the Adirondacks, and I am certain the audience will be blown away."

• Liza Jessie Peterson is a classically trained actress and alumnus of the renowned National Shakespeare Conservatory and has been a student of the legendary coach to the stars, Susan Batson, since 1994. Liza has performed her poetry on HBO's Def Poetry. Known most for her exceptional poetic skills, Liza began her poetry career at the famed Nuyorican Poets Caf in 1995 and was a vital member of the enclave of notable poets who were part of the "underground slam poetry" movement before it attracted television cameras and national obsession. It was this electric group of artists that inspired Russell Simmons to bring "slam poetry" to HBO.

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