If you think of poetry as words that swing, writer, singer and teacher Kim Arrington’s fresh voice will get you on your feet. Arrington celebrates the release of her first book of poems, the lapis dwellers, at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham with spoken word, song and dance, all forms of black expression that inform her poetry, as do themes of experience and healing. A winner of this year’s Indy poetry contest, Arrington inspired judge Zelda Lockhart to describe her work as “both daring and risky … like a break dancer mixing dance and acrobatics.” Some proceeds from the $10 admission benefit free community writing worshops and GED classes. The show starts at 7 p.m.

The Hayti Heritage Center is at 804 Fayetteville St. in Durham. The book costs $10, and a signing will follow the performance. For more info, check out www.kimarrington.com or call 323-9036.