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Presentation Slam

July 14, 2006

from the Chicago Public Library…

Al Gore uses Keynote. David Byrne uses PowerPoint. Crispin Glover uses a slide projector. Chicago Public Library’s Poetry Committee invites you to do the same.

On Thursday September 7, 2006, between 5:30 and 7:00pm, we’re holding what we believe to be the world’s first Presentation Slam. Using PowerPoint, Keynote, or 35mm slides, you can perform your poetical, satirical, or creatively instructional presentation in a no-prize “competition” against other poets and prophets.

Possibilities include:
-Presenting a reading of your original poetry using found art or a canned business format
-Present your original art in a slideshow while reading from the public domain poetry of your choice
-Create a motivational performance piece multimedia circus original work
-Or something else!

The event will take place in the Video Theatre at Harold Washington Library Center, which seats 50 and has A/V projection capabilities supporting a range of media:

To go through with this, we need to have at least 4 presenters signed up by July 29th… which is very soon, so don’t delay! Further submissions will then be accepted through the month of August, until the timeslot is fully booked.

If interested in presenting, please contact Robert Conrad ( or Helen Hejny ( and let us know the estimated length and nature of your presentation, and the media format or file type you will be using. That’s it! Have fun! See you soon!

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