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2012.10.18 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Intergenerational Poetry Slam at UNO Oct. 21

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and the UNO chapter of Sigma Phi Omega will host an intergenerational poetry slam on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Milo Bail Student Center (MBSC) Ballroom.

The poetry slam event is a follow up to the Fourth Annual Intergenerational Poetry Contest, which was held on Sunday, Oct. 14 at UNO.

The contest, also held in the UNO MBSC, featured youth and elder entrants from the Omaha metropolitan community and surrounding areas in Nebraska.

The yearly event provides a chance for teens and older adults to read and discuss poetry. Each participant provided one poem about life as a teenager and one poem about life as an adult over the age of 60.

Winners were in attendance on Sunday, along with their families, to read their poems and receive their awards. On Oct. 21, all of the contest’s participants are invited to read their poetry. Choir students from Lewis and Clark Middle School will provide a vocal performance at the event.

Sigma Phi Omega is the national academic honor and professional society for gerontology.

Sponsoring partners for the Intergenerational Poetry Contest and Poetry Slam include the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha Public Library, Omaha Public Schools, Celebrate Older Poets Network. Also, special thanks to Matt Mason, contest poetry mentor and emcee.

For more information, please contact Dr. Lyn Holley, UNO Department of Gerontology, 402.554.4814, or by email at lmholley@unomaha.edu.

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