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NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Episode 19 – Writing, reading, and performing at poetry slams with the Breaking Ground Poets

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: Episode 19 – Writing, reading, and performing at poetry slams with the Breaking Ground Poets
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Professionally recorded every Monday at The Stude in TwentyFiveEight Studios in Scranton and released exclusively on every Tuesday, the NEPA Scene Podcast is a free supplement to the website, expanding on the arts and entertainment stories covered on the site and going beyond them to discuss other news and entertainment topics.

Each week, the unedited and uncensored podcast features Rich Howells, NEPA Scene founder and editor; Mark Dennebaum, president and owner of TwentyFiveEight Studios; Lauren Quirolgico, commercial and content strategist at Lavelle Strategy Group and editor at TwentyFiveEight; and in the control room, Jimmy Reynolds, a musician, teacher, and lead audio engineer at TwentyFiveEight. Every episode streams on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and

Breaking Ground Poets director Katie Wisnosky and intern Bailey Bloyd are our guests on Episode 19, and we discuss how the volunteer organization helps students ages 14-19 write, read, and perform their own poetry, discover and develop their voices, and prepare for poetry slam competitions. They share some funny stories about working with the students in the classroom and on the road and explain what they think goes into creating honest, meaningful poetry. We also get into the slams and readings and how TwentyFiveEight Studios ended up hosting these events, which often surprise the audiences by showing them just how powerful and entertaining poetry can be.

The final poetry slam of the BGP season, featuring 15 young poets hoping to qualify to represent the group this summer in Atlanta, Georgia, is Saturday, April 4 at 6 p.m. at TwentyFiveEight Studios. For more details, visit the Facebook event page.

In The Last Word segment, we read comments from readers reacting to a recent article on a credit website naming Scranton as the fourth most overindulgent city in the United States and debate what exactly that means and whether or not we agree with this assessment.

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Photo by Lauren Quirolgico/TwentyFiveEight Studios