Northwest NEWS

December 11, 2000

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Two local poets qualify for the National Teen Poetry Slam semi-finals

by Carolyn Butler
   Duvall Arts Commission
   DUVALL­Young poets and musicians combined talents in Duvall at the Dec. 2 qualifying round for the National Teen Poetry Slam. Roundabout, a local band, played acoustic sets at intervals throughout the evening as young poets competed for two slots at the Teen Poetry Slam semi-finals in March 2001.
   Darren Carrido, veteran of the Duvall poetry scene, took first place in the three-round event. Two young newcomers, Sandy Underwood and Sarah Seilhymer, placed second and third, respectively.
   The audience of 25 supporters, including three volunteer judges, encouraged the poets to give their peak performances.
   Darren and Sandy now go on to the semi-finals at the Old Firehouse in Redmond on March 10 of next year. Winners from that event will compete in a Grand Slam and CD taping at the SPokenword Lab (SPLAB!) on March 16. The Grand Slam winners will go on to the National Teen Poetry Slam finals in Ann Arbor, Michigan in April.
   The Duvall event was sponsored by the Duvall Arts Commission in cooperation with SPLAB! and RASP (Redmond Association of SPokenword). By blurring the distinction between social services and the arts, these three organizations assist in the healthy expression of identity by youth in our communities.
   For information on the locations of other qualifying rounds for the National Teen Poetry Slam, please call Carolyn at 425-788-2983.