The winners from Verselandia got to spend the day at Wieden & Kennedy (or should I say the folks at Wieden and Kennedy got treated to a day with our PPS Slam Rock Stars! OPB’s Think Out Loud featured these performers and their day. Click HERE for the podcast.
And check out this article in The Oregonian on Slam Champion Micah Fletcher
The members of the audience were the big winners at Verselandia! last night. What an amazing group of performers and writers! These students were honored with the top awards for the night:
1st Micah Fletcher- Madison High
2nd Ke’Shayla Brown-MLC
3rd Jess Faunt-Cleveland High
4th Sydney Oliver-Grant High
5th Lauren Steele-Jefferson High
Video of the event will be posted here in the future. For now we have fabulous pictures from Andie Petkus Photography (pw verse2013) and others on the Literary Arts Facebook Page
Thanks to all the teacher-librarians, clasroom teachers, and parent volunteers who brought these students through their school slams and into the Wonder Ballroom. Special thanks Nancy Sullivan who brought Verselandia into being and to our sponsors and finally to Mary Rechner, Hunt Holman and the rest at Literary Arts who made this night possible.
Turiya Autry: poet and Education Director of Caldera Arts
Desmond Spann: poet and WITS writer
Alice Cuprill-Comas: attorney, PPS parent, Literary Arts Board
Randy Gragg: of Portland Monthly
Max Williams: CEO/President of Oregon Community Foundation
See their full biographies on The Judges page
Check out their article HERE. To see last year’s press and events, go to the A/V/D Tab
Right now! Portland Public Schools Librarians and Teachers are hosting individual high school slams. The top three winners from each school will compete at Verselandia Click HERE to see calendar. And Winners are posted HERE! See who will compete on April 30th at the Wonder Ballroom!
UPDATE! TICKETS FOR THE PUBLIC HAVE SOLD OUT!
Each school receives 40 tickets. 100 tickets were for sale to the general public $10 each! Get them by clicking HERE and scrolling to the bottom.