Poet Nancy Barry will perform as the featured artist at this month’s ArtHaus poetry slam. (Submitted photo)
Poet Nancy Barry will perform as the featured artist at this month’s ArtHaus poetry slam. (Submitted photo)
ArtHaus presents its next poetry slam Friday, Feb. 22, at 8 p.m.

This energetic spoken-word event has become so popular that ArtHaus now regularly holds the Slam at Decorah's Elks Lodge (402 W. Main St.) to accommodate a larger crowd.

The ArtHaus Poetry Slam is sponsored by Dragonfly Books.

The evening is divided into three categories: featured artist, original voices and the slam itself. This month, ArtHaus presents local poet, author and past poetry slam winner Nancy Barry as the evening's featured artist.

Nancy Barry teaches creative nonfiction, poetry and women's literature at Luther College and the University of Iowa's Summer Writing Festival. Her essays have appeared in Iowa Woman, the Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Sun, and she is the author of the one-woman play "Lessons from Cancer College."

Following the featured artist, "Original Voices" offers an opportunity for anyone to perform two minutes or less of their own poetry.

The final event, "The Slam," invites participants to perform two minutes or less of original poetry in a high-spirited, good-natured competition, complete with applause-o-meter and prizes.

Memorization is encouraged in this category, where performance and commitment are valued as much as the quality of the poem.

Community radio station KPVL 89.1 is recording the Poetry Slam for broadcast.

Those wishing to perform in "Original Voices" or to compete in "The Slam" should call ArtHaus in advance to reserve a spot.

To sign up, or for more information, call ArtHaus at 563-382-5440. The show begins at 8. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students. The event is recommended for adults, age 16 and up.

ArtHaus is Decorah's home for the arts bringing visual, performing, and literary art together, offering creative programs for all ages. ArtHaus is made possible through the sponsorship of D.ART Co. (Driftless Art Collective). All contributions in support of ArtHaus made to D.ART Co. are tax deductible. D.ART Co. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.