Verselandia 2014! is our 3rd PPS high school poetry slam presented by Literary Arts. It is the Grand Slam for individual school slams hosted by PPS high school library media specialists.
Where: Gerding Theatre at the Armory on 128 NW Eleventh Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97209 | 503-445-3700 (Portland Center Stage)
When: Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 7-9 ( NOTE TIME CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR)
Details: Participating high schools will conduct their own Poetry Slams and the 2 finalists from each school will compete against each other for big prizes (to be announced soon). If you are a high school student wishing to participate, please contact your library staff.
Tickets: WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. STAY TUNED!
If you are an organization, community member, artist, or local business wishing to provide support or sponsorship please contact Hunt Holman. If you are a media organization wishing to provide coverage, contact Lydah DeBin 503-227-2583 x106 or firstname.lastname@example.org Teachers of a participating PPS school may contact Nancy Sullivan at Madison High School 503 916 5220 Ext 79277 or Sandra Childs at Franklin High School 503 916 5140 Ext 73609.
The event is produced by Portland Literary Arts and sponsored by Wieden & Kennedy and Portland Monthly. Explore the website to find out the rules of a poetry slam and to see some examples. Or check out our Audio/Video Page to see the event or read about Verselandia.
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