Last Word Poetry Slam and Battle of the Bands hits the stage Friday

NORWICH – The Chenango County Council of the Arts will host the first-ever Last Word Battle of the Bands and Poetry Slam from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday in the Martin W. Kappel Theater, 27 West Main St.

According to the students of Norwich High School English Teacher Richard Bernstein’s mixed-group poetry and creative writing class, the event was created as a means to expose the community to the art of competitive performance poetry.

NHS junior Shelby Condon said she and her fellow classmates feel there simply aren’t enough opportunities available for students and the community to experience the unique art form. By including a Battle of the Bands as part of the event, the students are hoping to draw even more people, as “music and poetry are so closely related,” she added.

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