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Quill Week is April 3-8

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Seven City Art Society, LLC presents "The Quill Well Poetry Festival," a set of engaging literary events open to all ages. For more info, visit www.quillwell.com

<cl>THE INKWELL

<bt>Poetry Competition for Mature Adults

Sunday, April 3 at 7 p.m.

The Goodwin House

4800 Fillmore Avenue, Alexandria

FREE

The Quill Well Poetry Festival will include four events. The opening event will be "The Inkwell," a poetry competition for mature adults. This event will be hosted by The Goodwin House and is open to all mature adults.

<cl>SPOKEN LESSONS

<bt>Poetic Teacher Showcase and Community Forum

Hosted by Sharaud Moore, Freedom Writer Foundation

Tuesday, April 5 at 7 p.m.

8301 East Boulevard Drive, Alexandria

Cost is $10

"Spoken Lessons" is the second event in the festival and will be a showcase for all teachers from the area who will share first-hand classroom experiences in the form of poetry. The Collingwood Library and Museum will be turned into a poetic forum by allowing the audience to ask questions at the conclusion of the show. The goal is to inspire much-needed dialogue between students, parents, teachers, and the community as a whole.

<cl>WRITE.SPEAK.LIVE!

<bt>Open Mic and Live Music

Wednesday, April 6 at 7 p.m.

Renaissance Hall

1121 King St., Alexandria

Cost is $7

"Write. Speak. Live!" is the third event and is also the regularly scheduled open mic poetry event currently taking place the first Wednesday of each month. SCAS will advertise a challenge for the community to write a poem a day beginning the Wednesday prior to the show, then ask the participants to share their poems at Renaissance Hall for the open mic.

<cl>The ILL QUILL

<bt>Presented by the Alexandria City Community Theatre

Featuring the award-winning Bull City Slam Team

Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m.

The Kauffman Auditorium

1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria

Cost is $12

"The ILL Quill" Youth Slam is the fourth and final event of The Quill Well Poetry Festival. In partnership with the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities and the Alexandria City Community Theatre, SCAS will fill The Kauffman Auditorium at the Lee Center with family and community members in support of poetry as an expressive outlet for our youth. This event will be the first of its kind in this area and teams are invited to compete for a cash prize.