Readings at Confluence

Readings from the works submitted for Confluence Gallery’s current “Visions of Verse” exhibit will be presented Friday (Dec. 6) beginning at 6 p.m. at the gallery in Twisp.

A donation of  $10 at the door is suggested; wine and light snacks will be available. For more information, call 997-2787.

Last May, Confluence invited local writers to submit short pieces and also posted a call for visual artists to submit work inspired by the selected writing. “Visions of Verse” includes the work created by 17 writers and 17 artists. A chapbook with the writing and art is for sale at the gallery throughout the exhibit, which continues until Jan. 11, 2014.


Poetry Out Loud is back

Liberty Bell High School will again sponsor a Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, inviting students to memorize and recite poems in front of live audiences.

The contest will be Dec. 18 beginning at 6 p.m. at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp. Attendance is by donation.

The competition, presented in partnership with the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, the Public School Funding Alliance and Methow Arts, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

Thirteen students from Liberty Bell and the Independent Learning Center will participate in the contest at The Merc. They will be selected from classroom winners from grades 9-12.

The winner of that competition will advance to the Eastern Washington Regional Poetry Out Loud contest in Spokane. The Washington state champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C., where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.

The winner of last year’s inaugural local contest, senior Tom Zbyszewski, finished second at the state finals.

Guest judges are Don Nelson, Dotti Wilson, Jane Orme and Ashley Lodato. Visiting performance coach Rod Molzahn of Wenatchee will assist teachers in working with students to prepare their recitations.

For more information, call Adam Kaufman at LBHS at 996-2215 or email