What: Verselandia 2014! is the third annual high school poetry slam presented by Literary Arts. It is the Grand Slam for the winners from individual school slams hosted by PPS high school library media specialists. The top two slam poets from Benson, Cleveland, Franklin, Grant, Jefferson, Lincoln, Metropolitan Learning Center, Madison, Roosevelt, and Wilson will be competing for five great prizes. Verselandia has the same rules as national poetry slams: students’ poetry must be original work, each performance cannot exceed three minutes, and poets cannot use any props, costumes, or music. Verselandia judges use a scale of one to ten, rating both the writing and the performance.
Where: This year, Verselandia has found an excellent new home at Portland Center Stage.
When: Tuesday, April 29th, 2014, 7:00-9:00p.m.
Who: Participating high schools will conduct their own poetry slams and the finalists from each school will compete against each other for great prizes (to be announced soon). If you are a high school student wishing to participate, please contact your library staff.
Tickets: Tickets start at $10 and are on sale now at BrownPaperTickets.com.
More Information: If you are an organization, community member, artist, or local business wishing to provide support or sponsorship or if you are a news organization wishing to provide coverage, please contact Hunt Holman. Teachers of a participating PPS school may contact Nancy Sullivan at Madison High School (503-916-5220 x79277) or Sandra Childs at Franklin High School (503-916-5140 x73609).
Blog: Explore the Verselandia blog for poetry slam rules, examples, and past events.
Press: Read press coverage of Verselandia.