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Catherine Gibson
Union Board

Last modified: Monday, April 12, 2010

HBO poet to host creative writing workshop and 'poetry slam' for IU students

WHAT: Union Board Presents: Creative Writing Workshop and Poetry Slam with Bruce George
WHEN: April 16. Workshop from 2-4 p.m., and poetry slam from 6-8 p.m.
WHERE: Collins Living-Learning Center cafe
TICKETS: Free and open to the public

April 12, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana Memorial Union Board and Indiana University Hip-Hop Congress will present a creative writing workshop and poetry slam with Bruce George, executive producer of the HBO television series "Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry," on Friday, April 16, in the Collins Living-Learning Center cafe.

Bruce George

Bruce George

The workshop will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the poetry slam will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A poetry slam is a competitive event at which poets perform their work before a panel of judges.

George will work with aspiring poets and writers to enhance their skills in free verse, poem structure and performance poetry techniques. Following the workshop, George will read his own work at the poetry slam, alongside writers from the IU and Bloomington communities. A panel of professionals in literature and the arts will judge the competition.

Catherine Gibson, Union Board's public relations director, said the event gives both novice and experienced writers the chance to learn from a true expert.

"A leading poet is coming to sit down, read your poetry and personally coach you," she said. "It'll be a beneficial experience for a aspiring poets and writers."

For more information about Union Board, call 812-855-4682, visit or e-mail Catherine Gibson at