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SLAM! Spoken Word Poetry


This month's feature:
We are so pleased to announce Burlington's Youth Poetry Team. They hope to compete in Brave New Voices this July 12th-16th in Washington D.C. The team consists of 4 sophomores from South Burlington and BHS. Hawa Adam, Kiran Waqar, Lena Gnawi and Balkisa Abdikadir will make up our fantastic debuting team for this wonderful showcase of youth brilliance.

"The point is the poetry," says Rajnii Eddins, MC of our new slam night series and hopeful leader of a national-level Burlington Slam Team. Since he moved from Seattle, Rajnii's been waiting for the chance to kick our slam scene into gear and bring that option to the community, and now, he declares, "Anybody can come to the mic and share, hone their craft and see where they can take their words." The night will open with an open mic session and then roll into a juried set, with judges pulled from the audience and participants pouring their literary souls into three-minute performances. At the end of the evening, there'll be a winner, but really, explains Rajnii, "the points are props and ploys to get people to come." So, whether you're a seasoned vet of a thousand stages or a rank amateur trying to overcome stage fright, bring what you've got and step on up.