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Martin Daws and Joanna Hoffman are coming to Nebraska on February 5-7 to visit Louder Than a Bomb: Omaha schools, and both will give a reading on February 6. The reading is open to the public and starts at the Bancroft Street Market (2702 South 10th St, Omaha) at 7PM. Hope to see you there!

About Martin Daws
Martin Daws has advanced the cause of poetry in Wales by focusing on getting young people involved in the craft. With extensive experience performing both as a headline and feature poet at spoken word shows, music events and major festivals, Martin is widely acknowledged as a highly original poet whose performances guarrantee power, edge and tenderness in equal measure.

In recognition of his exceptional work as a poetry activist Martin Daws was announced in April 2013 as Young People’s Laureate for Wales. Currently very active in this role, Martin works across Wales to engage and inspire young people to empower themselves through their creativity. As Young People’s Laureate Martin also represents Wales internationally; creating partnerships and sharing skills with other socially engaged poetry organisations and practitioners around the world.

A double Farrago Slam Champ, and runner-up in both the Glastonbury Festival Slam and the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry, Martin got a coveted five star review on debut at the Edinburgh Festival (2008) and is the author of the acclaimed book/cd ‘Skin Tight the Sidewalk’. Organisations Martin has successfully worked with include Literature Wales, National Opera Wales, The British Council, Apples and Snakes and Urban Word NYC.

About Joanna Hoffman
Joanna Hoffman was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has participated on five National Poetry Slam Teams. In 2006, her team performed on Finals stage and ranked 4th in the nation. In 2007, she was the DC/Baltimore Grand Slam Champion and the Individual World Poetry Slam (IWPS) representative for Baltimore. Since relocating to New York for grad school, she has joined the Spoken World Almanac Project and featured at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. In 2011, she represented Urbana at the 2011 Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS), National Poetry Slam, and Individual World Poetry Slam, placing in the top 10 at all three. In 2012, she represented Louder Arts at WOWPS, placing 4th overall, and is the Grand Slam Champion for the 2012 Urbana team. She is the 2012 Champion of Capturing Fire, the queer international poetry competition. Her work has appeared in decomP, Spindle and as part of the recent GirlChild Press anthology, Women’s Work and the Jewish lesbian poetry anthology Milk and Honey. Her full-length book of poetry will be published by Sibling Rivalry Press in August 2013. When not performing poetry, she works at a non-profit organization and runs in Prospect Park.

You can learn more about Daws at his website, www.martindaws.com. More information about the Young People’s Laureate Wales program is available at youngpeopleslaureate.org. And to learn more about Joanna Hoffman visit her website at joannahoffman.wordpress.com.