Denver's Minor Disturbance youth poets compete tonight at Su Teatro

Denver's earned its rep as a slam-poet factory: The city not only supports two competitive adult teams, each of which has taken a national title in the last decade, but it also has a strong youth wing, Minor Disturbance, one of this year's Westword MasterMind Award-winners. And tonight is when they really get to shine, at the seventh annual Minor Disturbance Grand Slam, where Denver's top teen slam poets, culled from a series of slam-offs throughout the year, will compete to represent the state this summer at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival in San Francisco. These seasoned performers are anything but amateur in delivery, so come prepared for some fierce verbal expression.

The event, which also serves as a fundraiser, will also feature 2011 Denver City Youth Champ Jozer and words from Denver slam veteran Jen Rinaldi -- a teacher at South High, a member of the Mercury Cafe's national slam winners and a well-respected slam poetry coach around town.

It all starts at 7 p.m. at Su Teatro on Santa Fe Drive; admission is $7 to $10, but no one will be turned away. E-mail denveryouthpoetry@gmail.com or call 303-877-9862 for information.

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