AUBURN – For the past two months, local teens have been meeting at the Auburn Public Library each week to write and perform poetry in an L/A Arts initiative called Spoken Word.

Each participant has been encouraged to express his or her thoughts, feelings, emotions and experiences without shame or self-doubt.

On March 27, they invite the public to a presentation that will include readings by the Spoken Word participants, time for discussion and refreshments. The performance will be from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. in the Androscoggin Room of the library. Admission is free.

Spoken Word is edgy and fun, and allows for freedom of expression without the confines of traditional poetry or grammar.

The first session was held this past fall at Central Maine Community College. It was open to both high school and CMCC students. Round 2, which began in January, was held at the Auburn Public Library. Guidance was offered by performance poet Barbara Maria, founder and director of Rising Sound Arts & Education, with assistance from Emily Cramer and Laura Burns, seniors at the University of Farmington and Bates College, respectively.

The library is at 49 Spring St. For more information about the March 27 Spoken Word performance, call 782-7228 or log on to

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