Friday night at the Mill Valley Public Library, the words, they flowed like…uh…er…flowing things…

Okay, cancel my spot at the next MVPL Poetry Slam. Report on the event from the Marin Independent Journal today:

Fourteen students from Tamalpais and Redwood high schools performed original poetry for 150 or more adults and teens who jammed into the library’s main reading room and quickly got into the egalitarian spirit of the poetry slam, to break down barriers between poets, judges and audience…

After all the contestants competed in the first round, 18-year-old Chase Hansen and 17-year-old Daron Austin emerged as the point leaders and competed in the final. Austin, whose poems celebrated hip-hop culture and rap music, took home the first-place prize of a Kindle Fire e-tablet.

Here’s finalist Chase Hansen telling it

Video of another contestant here.

Disclaimer/Complaint: My wife actually works at the library, but I had to find this on my own. What’s up with that?

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Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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