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Ms. Club seeks poets, comedians for fund-raiser

ROSCOMMON – Local poets and comedians will have a chance to display their talents and compete for prizes at the first-ever “Open-Mic and Poetry Slam for Poverty” to be hosted by Kirtland Ms. Club on Saturday, April 16, at the Grayling Country Club in Grayling.

Amateur poets and comedians wanting to participate in the fund-raising event should register by Tuesday, Feb. 1. There is a registration fee of $5 per individual and $10 for a team.

“They just need to register by Feb. 1,” said event organizer Amy Inzina, an AmeriCorps VISTA member at Kirtland Community College. “They only need to sign up with their name and the title of their performance. The performance material doesn’t have to be complete, not at this point.”

Prizes will be awarded to the top high school and college students – there will also be an open class, in which anyone is welcome to compete – for both the poetry slam and comedian categories, as well as a grand prize for the overall winner. Contestants will be judged by the audience and a three-member panel.

Participants must perform their own original work without the use of props, costumes or musical instruments. Performances will be limited to 5 minutes.

All proceeds from the event, which is scheduled for 7:30-9:30 p.m. on April 16 in Grayling, will benefit the Kirtland Ms. Club, a non-profit group which seeks to help students attending Kirtland Community College by providing emergency loans and scholarship opportunities.

“Everyone should be a winner here,” said Jo Ann Gave, Kirtland Ms. Club vice president. “The participants get to display their talents and compete for prizes, the audience gets a great night of entertainment and the funds raised will go help Kirtland students in need.”

Cost to attend the April 16 fund-raiser is $5 in advance or $7 at the door.

Annually, about 3,200 students attend a variety of certificate and two-year degree programs at Kirtland’s four locations – the main campus near Roscommon and the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC) in Gaylord, as well as in Grayling and West Branch – with the college’s service area including all or parts of Crawford, Oscoda, Ogemaw, Roscommon, Otsego, Kalkaska, Missaukee, Gladwin and Alcona counties, and the surrounding areas.

For more information on the fund-raising event or to register as a participant, contact Inzina via e-mail at or call 989-275-5000, ext. 325.