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News Service

August Poetry Reading At GCC
To Feature World Champion

August 3, 2009

Contacts for Media Representatives:

Jerry Porter 623.845.3605
Patricia Rhodes Vogel 623.845.3014

A poetry reading that features the 2007-2008 Individual World Slam champion among its presenters is scheduled from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, in Room 104E of the Student Union at Glendale Community College (GCC), 6000 W. Olive Ave., Glendale.

World champion Ed Mabrey and local favorite Patrick Hare are the featured presenters. The monthly free event, titled Free Association Poetry Open Mic, also provides the public, students and faculty with an open-microphone opportunity to present all styles and stages of poetry writing.

The reading is presented in association with the Rorschach Poetry Collective, a diverse and accomplished group of West Valley poets who seek to bring contemporary poetry to local residents. Celebrating a variety of styles and forms, Rorschach Poets have been published in top literary journals around the world, been invited to perform at National Slam festivals plus the Mesa Arts Center and ASU's Kerr Cultural Center.

Additional poetry readings through the end of 2009 at GCC are scheduled for Sept. 8, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8.

Details about this and future poetry readings are available by contacting GCC student Jessica Standifird, who formed The Rorschach Poetry Collective, at 602.810.4574 or

GCC is one of the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges and offers associate degrees and certificate programs that last year attracted almost 30,000 students to GCC's main campus in Glendale and the GCC North campus, 5727 W. Happy Valley Road, Phoenix. Classes also will be offered for the first time this fall at the Communiversity @ Surprise, 15950 W. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise.

Registration is under way for the fall semester that begins Saturday, Aug. 22 for weekend classes and the week of Aug. 24 for weekday classes. Go to, click on "Find a Class" and then click on the appropriate semester and location to see what course offerings are available and to register. For classes at the Communiversity @ Surprise, type in "Surprise" in the Keywords/Course Number box in addition to the semester and location details. Assistance also is available by calling GCC Enrollment Services at 623.845.3333.

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Content revised 8/6/09