So, this year we held our Second Annual Poetry Slam. I messed up on the timing a bit and it happened during standardized testing, but it has still been a great success and I couldn't be happier! Our judges were a combination of local poets, local musicians, and teachers from our staff. Last year's winner joined them to help judge the finals. Here's a brief play-by-play:
- Monday--17 poets competed, reading a poem they had written (2 minute limit each)
- Tuesday--8 semi-finalists competed, reading a poem they had written in the past 24 hours that used 5 words from a list of 13 that I gave them
- Wednesday (today)--3 finalists performed, reading a poem they had written in the past 24 hours based on the theme of courage.
The finalists each won gift certificates to our best local bookstore. I hope to encourage the participants to enter the Poetry Outloud competition next fall. Does anyone know anything about that program?