John Milton was born on December 9, 1608. On December 3, Maui Slam will honor the poet’s birthday, as well as raise awareness for the Makawao Library, which faces steep budget cuts. Sure, you can get your music and literature from that cold, unloving Internet, and store a library of books on your Kindle, but that doesn’t compare to the hominess, love and vast collection of resources you can get from your local public library. (Cuddling up to your Kindle on a rainy night, just doesn’t have the same feel.) Support the Upcountry book dispensary—and maybe show off a little of your own mastery of the written word—by attending this event. If you present your own original work (three minutes or less), you could win $100. Just think: what would Milton do? $5, 21-and-over only. 280-5096 or firstname.lastname@example.org.