Four Denver-area poetry and book events for July 7-13

Categories: Literature

J. Dylan Yates reads from The Belief in Angels this week in Boulder and Denver.
Baby, it's hot out there, but that shouldn't keep anyone from seeking out new words, whether spoken aloud or written in books. Local slam poets are entering the final stretch before heading off to this year's national competitions, literary poets are still staging readings and authors are bringing their juicy summer reads to the local independent bookstores. Here are a few things to celebrate this week.

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Photo by Daniel Sawyer Schaefer for Brave New Voices.
Minor Disturbance in 2013.

Annual Scrimmage: Minor Disturbance/Slam Nuba
Youth on Record
8 p.m. Tuesday, July 8

Two of Denver's prime slam teams -- the Minor Disturbance youth poets and Slam Nuba -- traditionally kick off national competition season by sharing a stage to try out their best material in front of an audience, which is asked to chip in a few bucks to help finance their respective travel costs. See and hear what kind of spoken ammunition Minor Disturbance will taking with them next week to Brave New Voices in Philadelphia, as well what Slam Nuba's got going for the National Poetry slam in Oakland in August.

Author J. Dylan Yates.

J. Dylan Yates, The Belief in Angels
Boulder Book Store
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9
$5 voucher required for entry

Tattered Cover Colfax
7:30 p.m. Friday, July 11

Jules Finn, the protagonist in J. Dylan Yates's novel The Belief in Angels, is the child of irresponsible hippies and the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, who must navigate abuse, dysfunction and the unique challenges of dealing with traumas of the past through her own coming of age. Yates handles Jules's rite of passage as she prepares to start college deftly: "What could be depressing becomes, with Yates's skilled narration, a heart-rending but deeply optimistic and appealing story about finding oneself, and the power of love and loss to reshape lives," writes fellow author Laurel Corona.

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Location Info


Youth on Record

1301 W. 10th St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Boulder Book Store

1107 Pearl St., Boulder, CO

Category: General

Tattered Cover Colfax Avenue

2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: General

Mercury Cafe

2199 California St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

The Savoy Event Center

2700 Arapahoe St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Crossroads Theater at Five Points

2590 Washington St., Denver, CO

Category: General

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