Poetry Slam Delux at the Lux 

The year is coming to a close, Christmas is around the corner, and you have extended family coming to town. With the bevy of emotions swirling in your head, it's almost impossible to put your thoughts into words. Or is it? This December, Boise poets will have the chance to share those tumultuous thoughts with their slammin' peers as Big Tree Arts and Neurolux present the Poetry Slam Delux.

Held the third Monday of every month, this popular Poetry Slam is open to the public and features a $100 grand prize. Sweet. The latest throwdown features performances by San Jose, Calif., poets Jen G. and David Perez of The Pincushion Orchestra. Before taking the Neurolux stage, the duo will participate in the Big Tree Arts Spoken Word Reading and Workshop series, held in the Gibson Room of the Boise State Student Union building. The series brings poets from around the country to workshop with local poets at Boise State.

If you've ever wanted an outside opinion on your free-styling, free-form verse, a free poetry workshop with established performers is a good place to start. To get a sense of what you're getting into, check out The Pincushion Orchestra's YouTube video, Monsters and the Women Who Love Them.

With a workshop at 5 p.m. and a performance at 8 p.m., the third Monday of December will be packed with poetry. So, slide into that black turtleneck, polish off those thick-rimmed glasses and get those fingers snappin' for a night of angst, allegories and awesomeness.

Monday, Dec. 21, sign-ups at 7:30 p.m., show 8 p.m., $5, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St. For more information, call 208-426-0383 or visit boisepoetry.com.

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