Unleash Your Inner Poet

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April 15th, AXIS Coffeehouse will be celebrating National Poetry Month with a special poetry fest for teens and adults! Come join us to read poetry, write poetry and flex your creative muscles. Snacks (and prizes!) provided. The time is April 15th, 6:30-8pm. The place is the Pittsfield Program Room. Be there, or be quadrilateral.

Short Shorts at AXIS Coffeehouse

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Short short fiction that is! Local writer Keith Hood will join us to share techniques for writing flash fiction, complete stories written in 1,000 words or less. As the Bard said -- "Brevity is the soul of wit." If you feel up to the challenge, join us in the Malletts Creek program room this Friday from 6:30-8 and get ready to think small.

To see just how much can be said in few words, check out It All Changed in an Instant, in which a collection of writers both famous and ordinary tell their life stories in just six words. In the spirit of things, here's a six-word story from me:

"Life is short. Visit AXIS Coffeehouse."

Malletts Creek | 6:30-8:00 p.m. | Friday, March 18

AXIS Coffeehouse Presents...Sandy Ryder!

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This Friday's AXIS Coffeehouse will be a very special one, featuring none other than the Wild Swan Theater's Sandy Ryder. Ms. Ryder will be in the Malletts Creek program room to give all and sundry tips on poetry as performance. We're going to have a lot of fun! The question is, will you be here having fun too?

For more on poetry as performance, try these:
Wham!, a guide to performance poetry for young people.
The Poetry Lounge: The Power of Performance, a DVD demonstrating poetry performance techniques.
The Spoken Word Revolution, a collection of performance poetry, with a CD so you can listen to the poems!

Malletts Creek | 6:30-8:00 p.m. | Friday, March 11

AXIS Coffeehouse Returns!

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Prepare to celebrate, denizens of Ann Arbor! AXIS Coffeehouse is coming back from vacation on Friday, March 4, tanned, refreshed, and eager to write more poems. We will return to our old haunts at Malletts Creek to write, read and have fun! AXIS Coffeehouse...all the cool people are doing it, and so should you.

If you want to catch up on the latest poems before coming, check out:
Time You Let Me In, new poems by young poets.
Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs, a story in poems about a teenage baseball player torn between his girlfriend and a new friend.
Poetry Speaks Who I Am, over 100 poems by authors classic to contemporary -- with a CD, so you can hear the poems read aloud!

AXIS Coffeehouse | Friday, March 4 | 6:30-8pm | Malletts Creek Branch

AXIS Coffeehouse Goes on Vacation

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Hello fellow poetry fans! This Friday will be the last AXIS Coffeehouse session before we take a two-week break. AXIS Coffeehouse plans to spend the break on the beach in a sunny, tropical locale, and will return on March 4 for our pre-summer session -- featuring special guests Sandy Ryder of the Wild Swan Theater and local author Keith Hood! Check in for updates! The time is Friday, 6:30-8. The place is Malletts Creek. See you there.

AXIS Coffeehouse | Friday, February 11 | 6:30-8pm | Malletts Creek Branch

Live at AXIS Coffeehouse...

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This Friday from 6:30 to 8 at Mallett's Creek, our friend Scott Beal will return to AXIS Coffeehouse to share his poems and his poetry-writing tips. When Scott is not writing for AnnArbor.com, he can be found at 826 Michigan, the Neutral Zone, and generally anywhere poetry is taking place. Scott's last visit was great fun, so come check out this one!

AXIS Coffehouse Presents....

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This Friday AXIS Coffeehouse will be even cooler than it normally is due to the appearance of special guest Jeff Kass! Jeff Kass -- who can often be found at the Neutral Zone -- will present some of his awesome work, and give some suggestions for writing and performing poetry. The time: Jan. 21st 6:30-8. The place: Malletts Creek branch. Don't miss it!

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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AXIS Coffeehouse time! The poetry lovefest returns January 7th from 6:30-8 at Mallett's Creek in the program room. Read poems, write poems, and share your favorite books. Bring a poem to read out loud and get all sorts of goodies, including $5 fine forgiveness cards. Don't miss it!

AXIS Coffeehouse -- So Long, Farewell

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Hard to believe it's already here -- this Friday we will be the last of this series of AXIS Coffeehouse! We will take a vacation for the holidays, and return Friday, January 7th. Don't miss our last week of the year and festive send off; come to play games, write poetry and have fun with us. Mallett's Creek, 6:30-8 pm -- come and get it, before it's too late.

A Very Special AXIS Coffeehouse

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This week's AXIS Coffeehouse will very special indeed. Not only is it two days before Halloween, but special guest poet Maggie Hanks of Ann Arbor Wordworks will be returning to lead in the creation of some seriously awesome poems!

Join us on Friday Oct. 29th from 6:30-8pm at Malletts Creek. AXIS Coffeehouse -- it's so good, it's scary.

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