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Young Chicago Authors visit Elzinga's fiction writing class

October 30, 2015 In Lakeland University Blog
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Jeff Elzinga, Lakeland College professor of writing, recently welcomed Jamila and Jasmine from Young Chicago Authors to his fiction writing class.

Young Chicago Authors is the driving force behind the world’s largest slam poetry competition, Louder Than A bomb, and works with students to create spoken word and slam poetry.

Jamila and Jasmine ran a workshop for Elzinga’s class that helped students write poems about their names. A second workshop, open to the entire Lakeland College community, was held in the 1862 Lounge following Elzinga’s class. The following night, three Lakeland students performed at a community open mic event at Paradigm Coffee House in Sheboygan. Ben Wilks, Brandon Brown and Maurice Adams all read poems that they wrote.

The Young Chicago Authors have been in Sheboygan since May as part of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s Connecting Communities residency program, and they have hosted several workshops and open mic events throughout the community. The project concludes Nov. 18-20 with three performances at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Visit for more info. Contact Andrea Avery at the JMK Arts Center at 920-694-4699 or about upcoming performances.

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