Young writers and performers are given a chance to become a part of a life changing poetry & social justice movement, building communities across stories, truth, and cultures. The final opportunity to compete in a qualifier, the Last Chance Slam, takes place February 1st at the Fridge in Eastern Market.
This is a chance for students from varying neighborhoods and schools to come together and perform their own original spoken word pieces. It’s a powerful and interactive experience, where audiences are also involved to help determine which students represent our area at the prestigious national competition, The International Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Competition. In addition, weekly workshops are offered to help cultivate the performance and writing talents of these young students progress as slam poets and dedicated artists. Join us and be a part of the movement, as we watch the next generation take on the world by the strength of their words!
WEEKLY WORKSHOPS LAST CHANCE SLAM
Every Tuesday 4:30P-6:30M $FREE Fri. Feb. 1st 6-8PM $1 MLK Library Teen Space The Fridge 901 G Street, NW (Gallery Place/Chinatown) 516 ½ 8th St. SE (Eastern Market) Eligible youth, after a combination of poetry slam placements, workshop participations, and an interview process, will be chosen to become a part of the D.C. Youth Slam team representing D.C. at the 2013 Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Competition in Chicago, IL.
Youth poets from the D.C./MD/VA area contend in what is known as a poetry slam, which is a two or more rounds of elimination style competitive poetry, during which they have three minutes to spill their hearts out on the stage. Five judges (randomly picked from the audience) score the poets between 0.0 to 10.0 based on creativity, content, originality, and overall performance.
ABOUT DC YOUTH SLAM TEAM: Providing free weekly writing workshops, monthly open-mics, poetry slams, and annual travel to regional and national competitions, The DC Youth Slam Team offers a training platform and unique learning experience in a full year program for talented youth to develop their poetry and public speaking skills with guidance from teaching artists and trained mentors. As a program of Split This Rock, we use poetry to teach & empower teens from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area to speak up about issues of social justice. All DC poets ages 13-18 are eligible to compete to make the DC Youth Slam Team.
For more information about DC Youth Slam & Split This Rock, contact :
Jonathan B. Tucker, Youth Programs Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 787-5210