Off the Beaten Path will host a poetry slam at 7 p.m. June 12. Come prepared with three poems to read aloud. The audience votes for the most engaging performance. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m.

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Off the Beaten Path will host a poetry slam at 7 p.m. June 12. Come prepared with three poems to read aloud. The audience votes for the most engaging performance. Registration starts at 6:30 p.m.

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Off the Beaten Path resumes book signings, poetry slams in new location

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Past Event

Jean Petersen, author of 'Moose Shoes'

  • Saturday, June 28, 2008, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Off the Beaten Path, 68 Ninth St. , Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free

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Past Event

Poetry Slam

  • Thursday, June 12, 2008, 7 p.m.
  • Off the Beaten Path, 68 Ninth St. , Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free

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Jim Keen, author of 'Great Ranches of the West'

  • Sunday, June 8, 2008, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Off the Beaten Path, 68 Ninth St. , Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free

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Randi Levin, cookbook author

  • Saturday, May 31, 2008, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Off the Beaten Path, 68 Ninth St. , Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / Free

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— A poetry event that started in the 1990s will return to Off the Beaten Path Bookstore in coming weeks as new owners revive the store's occasional poetry slam in a new location.

Fueled by a community of writers, creative people and people who enjoy reading poetry, the event started with mostly cowboy material and has grown to a lively, diverse gathering, said former Off the Beaten Path co-owner Leslie Ryan.

Each slam contestant is asked to prepare three poems to perform, though some bring extra material in case they win, Ryan said. That title is decided by audience reaction, in an atmosphere Off the Beaten Path events coordinator Janelle Schuler said can get "a little crazy." The event is geared toward "performance-style" poetry, Schuler said, and encourages local writers to recite their work in the most animated way they can.

Crowds range from 50 to 100 people, Ryan said, with about eight poets. Spectators and readers cover a wide spectrum of ages, and the poetry slam brings together a cross-section of the community, she said.

"The audience is the best part because of their reaction - it's everything from hoots and hollers and laughs to tears," Ryan said.

The poetry slam joins regular book signings on the events calendar for the bookstore's new Ninth Street location. Schuler said she expects upstairs loft space to allow for larger crowds at larger events, including appearances by nationally known authors.

Ryan said she is confident new store owners Ron and Sue Krall are happy to continue the poetry slam, as it is one of the store's most popular events. The Kralls bought Off the Beaten Path from Leslie and Dick Ryan in November 2007. Leslie Ryan said she plans to continue attending the slam and to support the store as a regular customer.

"I just worship writers. It's such a personal thing to put your feelings on paper, and then to stand up and share it in front of people, that really takes courage," she said.

Comments

Hank_Jordan 6 years, 6 months ago

Some one dropped the ball on this article. It talks about a new location for Off The Beaten Path on Ninth Street (but does not say where on Ninth St), and gives an address of 56 Seventh St for the upcoming events.

So where is all this happening?

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Mike Lawrence 6 years, 6 months ago

Hi Hank, The store's new address is 68 Ninth St. That is the location for all upcoming events at Off the Beaten Path. Thanks for reading our newspaper and keeping us on our toes.

Mike Lawrence City editor Steamboat Pilot & Today (970) 871-4233 mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

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