November 20, 2000
Teen poets to qualify for Nationals
DUVALL - Poets between the ages of 13 and 19 will compete in a qualifying round for the National Teen Poetry Slam on Dec. 2, 7 p.m. in the Rose Room of the Duvall Library.
Five volunteer judges will rate each individual performance on a scale of 0 to 10.
There will be three rounds through which the group of poets will be whittled down to one final SLAM! CHAMP. The final round poem is one that is written that night by each poet from a line of poetry they drew at random when they signed up. The top two finishers compete for cash and prizes in the semi-final and grand slam competitions at the end of the season in March.
The main difference between an "irregular" reading and a Slam is in the performance. No props are allowed, but almost anything else goes. Each contestant should bring a minimum of three poems, each poem being no longer than three minutes. All poems must be original. Memorization is not necessary, but it definitely enhances one's performance. Poets are judged on poetic skill, stage presence and original performance. In case of a tie, there will be a spontaneous poem competition between the final two contestants. Cash prizes for the top three winners make this an irresistible opportunity for teens with poetic talent.
This event is sponsored by the Duvall Arts Commission and The Northwest Spokenword Lab (SPLAB). For additional information, call Carolyn at (425) 788-2983.