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October 3, 2013

NECC presents champion performance poet

LAWRENCE — Carlos Antonio Contreras, a national champion performance poet from Albuquerque will present his work during a White Fund lecture series titled “Becoming Comfortable in the Skin of Your Own Voice” offered in partnership with Northern Essex Community College on Oct. 9, at 8:45 a.m. at Lawrence High School, 70-72 North Parish Road.

This event is free.

“I have used spoken word as a tool for growth, advancement, and survival,” said Contreras, 25.

Performance poetry, he said, is “a journey in spoken word, how it heals, helps, and informs one about who they are, where they are from, and who they come from — but most of all, why that matters, to us all.”

His lecture will include a slam poetry performance and a discussion on how to use poetry to encourage participants to “find their own voices, their own messages, and their own point of delivery.”

Contreras has twice been recognized as a national champion performance poet. He got his start in the area of competitive spoken word, or Slam Poetry when he was just 17. Today, Contreras works as an educator in Albuquerque. He leads writing workshops in the adult jail facility at the Metropolitan Detention Center where he developed the JustWrite writing exchange which is both an exchange between college students and inmates, but is also an exchange between numerous universities, and correctional facilities. In addition, Contreras teaches all levels of high school English.

For additional information about this event or The White Fund, or to receive a calendar of upcoming events in the White Fund Enlightenment Series, call 978-738-7403 or visit the website www.necc.mass.edu/whitefund.

Fall Festival planned for Saturday

HAVERHILL — The Haverhill Alternative School will host a Fall Festival on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon.

The event will include a yard sale, craft fair, bake sale and car wash. The school is at 415 Primrose St. in St. James School.

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