Summer is in full swing AND it’s time to start up the BRAND NEW YOUTH SLAM SEASON. For the past few months we’ve been goofing around with “anarchy slams”, cash and the like but NOW we start up the brand new youth slam season. Now through February 2018 poets will have a chance to collect points to try and make it into the youth slam playoffs at the end of March 2018.
Throughout the season we wil be playing with the format of the slam…sometimes head to head competition, sometimes costumes and props will be allowed and other challenges will incorporated.
However to kick things off we will stay with the traditional two rounds of 3 minute long poems. 12 poets in the 1st round and the top 5 (barring ties) in the 2nd round.
The youth slam is open to poets 13-20 years of age.
$4 for 18 and under $6-$10 for 19 and up.
We will also keep having a poetry open mic and a featured performer. This month we are extremely happy to have as our feature, Valeen Jules.
“Valeen Jules, also known as Kā’ ānni, is a determined young Indigenous warrior from the Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka’wakw Nations. A former foster kid, homeless youth and 1st-yr college dropout, she is now known as a political organizer, motivational speaker, youth outreach worker, spoken word artist, black snake killer and ”overeducated extremist” across Turtle Island. She released her first chapbook ʔiiḥmisic in July 2016 which has been used in the curriculum of a Humanities course at Emily Carr University. Originally from Kyuquot, she now resides on Snuneymuxw territories.”
Acknowledge this event is taking place on the unceded, settler occupied territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil Waututh peoples.
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