Poetry Slam crowns winners

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Debra Jo Howard (upper left) claimed first place in the Northern Illinois Poetry Slam May 2 at the Irish Rose in the downtown River District. Jesus Correa (bottom left) took second and Chris Simms (immediate left) finished third. The event was emceed by (above right photo, from left to right) the “Mutinous Mutt” Cullen Balch, pictured with Simms, Howard, Correa and host Molly Fleming.

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