Check your coat and your drama at the door. The Cosmic Happy Slam! youth poetry event was created to remind stressed teens that “in the midst of our crazy, busy lives, we can always access joy, laugh and have fun,” according to Soulspeak Asheville founder Mel Kelley. Word wranglers ages 12-21 are invited to compete in the happiness-themed poetry slam, which is cohosted by Soulspeak and The Fun Conspiracy as a qualifying round for Asheville’s nationally competing Brave New Voices team. Celebrity judges for the event include vocalist Kat Williams and nationally renowned poet Allan Wolf. Make time for the rhymes on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m at Odyssey Community School. $12 adults/$7 students/free for slam participants and teachers. facebook.com/soulspeakasheville. Photo courtesy of Soulspeak Asheville
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