Spoken word poetry is the art of performance poetry. I tell people it involves creating poetry that doesn't just want to sit on paper, that something about it demands it be heard out loud or witnessed in person.
The SEF District Wide Poetry Slam offers students the opportunity to use their voice through the genre of performance poetry. Performance poetry, also known as spoken word poetry, is an art specifically geared toward a visual audience. The term became popular in the 1980s to describe poetry composed for performance versus print. There is a continued need for all students to explore areas of creativity in which their voices are validated and celebrated. Performance poetry is a unique venue that provides a way in which students can communicate and feel connected with their peers and the wider school community. Our Poetry Slam events promise to be a fun and meaningful way for students to develop performance skills and to creatively express themselves! Thank you, Sharon Education Foundation, for grant funding this year!
What is a poetry slam?
A poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It combines the elements of performance, writing, competition and audience participation. It puts an equal emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. During a slam, poets are judged by audience members on a scale of 1-10.
Rules for performers:
Rules for judges:
Thursday, April 25th - Main Event at SHS! 6:30-8:30 pm