Gahanna Lincoln HS 4th annual Poetry Slam
Teen poets raise their voices, potential at 4th annual Poetry Slam
The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry
|2012 Poetry Slam Winners - Pictured: Brittany Williams, Lost Girls/1st
Place; Kenisha Cummings, Dedicated to My Sisters/3rd Place; Jesse
Kendrick, I Am/Honorable Mention, Rachel Thompson, The Bullets/Honorable
Mention; and, Amanda Mathias, Who Cares About Women? / 2nd Place.
Photo courtesy of GLHS Yearbook Photographer Sammy Smith.
||On a recent cool spring evening, the GLHS auditorium was filled with original, diverse spoken poetry that included heartfelt love
poems, searing social commentary, uproarious comic routines and
bittersweet personal confessional pieces. However, this was no “polite”
tea-sipping poetry reading; this was a fully competitive Poetry Slam!
A poetry slam competition places a dual emphasis on writing and
performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they're saying and how
they're saying it.
The event is hosted by the GLHS Writers' Club, an extracurricular group
which student scribes in grades 9-12 meet weekly to share and discuss
their craft. Event participants competed for Easton gift cards
ranging from $25 to $100.
“Poetry is the freest form of therapy,” said Dona Montgomery, the event
organizer and GLHS Writers' Club adviser. “There is no right or wrong
way to convey a message.”
Click here to read the winning poems!
During the intermission, as the judges* were evaluating the oratorical
skills, GLHS junior and vocalist Meredith Brown provided music as the
Writers' Club shared refreshments in the lobby.
Poetry is the freest form of therapy...
- Dona Montgomery, GLHS Writers' Club Adviser
Additional competition rules included:
- Each poem must be of the poet's own creation
Each poet gets three minute maximum (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem. If the poet goes over time, points are deducted from the total score.
The poet may use props, costumes or musical instruments to enhance their vision.
2012 Judges: GLHS Principal Dwight Carter; GLHS faculty: Dianna Downing/English, Donja Bridges/English, and Mark Miller/English; and Meason Tuaquoi a GLHS senior.