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Four Denver-area poetry and book events for July 7-13

J. Dylan Yates reads from The Belief in Angels this week in Boulder and Denver.
J. Dylan Yates reads from The Belief in Angels this week in Boulder and Denver.

Baby, it's hot out there, but that shouldn't keep anyone from seeking out new words, whether spoken aloud or written in books. Local slam poets are entering the final stretch before heading off to this year's national competitions, literary poets are still staging readings and authors are bringing their juicy summer reads to the local independent bookstores. Here are a few things to celebrate this week.

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Minor Disturbance in 2013.
Minor Disturbance in 2013.
Photo by Daniel Sawyer Schaefer for Brave New Voices.

Annual Scrimmage: Minor Disturbance/Slam Nuba

Youth on Record

8 p.m. Tuesday, July 8

Two of Denver's prime slam teams -- the Minor Disturbance youth poets and Slam Nuba -- traditionally kick off national competition season by sharing a stage to try out their best material in front of an audience, which is asked to chip in a few bucks to help finance their respective travel costs. See and hear what kind of spoken ammunition Minor Disturbance will taking with them next week to Brave New Voices in Philadelphia, as well what Slam Nuba's got going for the National Poetry slam in Oakland in August.

Author J. Dylan Yates.
Author J. Dylan Yates.

J. Dylan Yates, The Belief in Angels

Boulder Book Store

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9

$5 voucher required for entry

Tattered Cover Colfax

7:30 p.m. Friday, July 11

Free

Jules Finn, the protagonist in J. Dylan Yates's novel The Belief in Angels, is the child of irresponsible hippies and the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, who must navigate abuse, dysfunction and the unique challenges of dealing with traumas of the past through her own coming of age. Yates handles Jules's rite of passage as she prepares to start college deftly: "What could be depressing becomes, with Yates's skilled narration, a heart-rending but deeply optimistic and appealing story about finding oneself, and the power of love and loss to reshape lives," writes fellow author Laurel Corona.

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Four Denver-area poetry and book events for July 7-13

Denver 40 oz. Slam

Mercury Cafe

Savoy at Curtis Park

Crossroads Theater

July 11 and 12

Think of the annual 40 Oz. Slam regional competition as another chance for Denver's Slam Nuba and Denver Mercury teams to jam and slam one last time with teams from around the Southwest before they all head to the nationals in Oakland. This year's 40 Oz. adds an indie competition in addition to the classic team ventures in two days of rounds at three venues; finals in both categories go down on Saturday night at the Merc.

Four Denver-area poetry and book events for July 7-13

Poetry Reading: Sarah Boyer, Julie Carr, Zachary Schomburg and Mathias Svalina

Counterpath

7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 11

Free

Counterpath presents a summer quartet of poets reading from recent works. Denverite Sarah Boyer will read from her soon-to-be-published new book; Julie Carr, who helps run Counterpath (a local small press, bookstore and performance space) will read from Rag; Zachary Schomburg will introduce The Book of Joshua from Black Ocean and Mathias Slavina, co-editor for Portland's Octopus books, will read from various works.

What's the what in Denver's literary world? Visit Westword's Literary Event listings for this week.

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Youth on Record

1301 W. 10th St.
Denver, CO 80204

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Boulder Book Store
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Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue

2526 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80206

303-322-7727

www.tatteredcover.com

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Mercury Cafe

2199 California St.
Denver, CO 80205

303-294-9258

www.mercurycafe.com

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The Savoy Event Center

2700 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80205

303-999-1028

www.savoydenver.com

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Crossroads Theater at Five Points

2590 Washington St.
Denver, CO 80205

303-832-5206

www.denvercrossroads.com


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