Montana Slam 5 is Tuesday at library

2014-08-14T10:15:00Z 2014-08-14T17:24:17Z Montana Slam 5 is Tuesday at libraryBy JACI WEBB The Billings Gazette

Bring your poem, bring your cash or just come ready for stories.

Organizers of Montana Slam 5 are hoping to fill the community room on the first floor of the Billings Public Library on Tuesday, Aug. 19, for Montana Slam 5. Doors open at 5:30 and the slam starts at 6 p.m. All are welcome and poets can still sign up at the door or online at

The poetry slam has a new face this year — Montana State University Billings student Laura-Ashlee Twiford is the host. Doug Scott will emcee and James Hickman is serving as slam master. DJ Tanner will provide the music.

Twiford, who is majoring in English education at MSUB, hopes to generate excitement among the audience and the poets. Now 20, Twiford competed in national poetry events when she was in high school in Anchorage, Alaska, and she’s seen how powerful they can be. She’s hoping for seven to 10 poets competing in this year’s event.

“The thing I tell people is to come and tell your story,” Twiford said. “That is why you’re there.”

She said poets should speak loudly and clearly, own their words by presenting them without embarrassment, and always remember to breathe.

“People forget that oxygen is important. Breathing helps you pace yourself. Remember, public speaking is not a fate worse than death,” Twiford said.

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