No props. No costumes. No music.
Just the poet, the stage and the power of spoken word.
This was the scene on Tuesday in the Elder Performing Arts Center (EPAC) as seventh-graders performed their poems in front of peers and administration.
Recently, seventh-graders read Brown Girl Dreaming, a memoir written in verse. To practice using poetic devices while exploring the themes of the book, each student wrote a slam poem exploring a topic related to either the feeling of inequality or feelings of inclusion.
The students studied a variety of poems to learn about how to structure and perform their poems. Every student performed in front of the class and then had the option to do so in front of the entire seventh grade.
The students who participated were evaluated according to the quality of their poems and performances by a panel of judges.
In the end, Elizabeth Fenno ‘23 was crowned as the Poetry Slam Champion, with Andrew Helvering ‘23 as the runner-up.
The writing process offered a time of self-reflection for the students and the performances made for a memorable afternoon for everyone in attendance.