2014 Audio, Video, Pictures, and Press

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photography by Andie Petkus

Verselandia 2014 Video  Thanks to PPS TV Services

Verselandia 2014 Photographs  Andie Petkus (Non logo shots soon)

Verselandia 2014  Audio & Interview:  Portland Radio Project 



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Winners of Verselandia 2014

DSCN3623Check Oregonian Coverage HERE . A responsive audience. A packed house. A great MC. Tough judges doing tough judging. Wonderful prizes. Lots of points and of course -20 amazing poets. Bella Trent from Madison came in 1st; McKinley Rodriguez from Lincoln was 2nd; Juan Ordaz from Franklin was 3rd; Sam Burnett from Franklin was 4th; Alex Gerald from Grant was 5th! Amazing night! ThanksLiterary Arts, PPS teachers and librarians, and all the poets. Bella won a Macbook Air. McKinley and Juan won iPad mini’s. Sam and Alex won $250 gift certificates to Powell’s. They all will visit Wieden and Kennedy in May to rub elbows with the creative and powerful. See the Video! and Look at the Pictures!  See Program of the evening HERE.

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Verselandia 2014! Save the date!

LitearyArtsURLLogoColorVerselandia 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: $10 online HERE

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 lydah@literary-arts.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.

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All the Good Press for Verselandia 2013

The Video of the Event April 30, 2013

April 30 pictures by Andie Petkus Photography (pw verse2013)

Think Out Loud hosts Verselandia Winners May 8, 2013

Oregonian Announces Winners

Portland Monthly Promotes Event

Literary Arts WITS Blog on the Event

See also Press Tab  for individual school slam PR and other articles.

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Verselandia Winners on Think Out Loud (and other press)

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

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The Winners!

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:

V13-635LoRes1st 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.

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Great Prizes!

  • The  first place winner will be awarded a MacBook. 
  • The 2nd and 3rd place winners will be awarded iPads.
  • The 1st , 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place winners will have an opportunity to spend May 8 at Weiden and Kennedy and will perform their pieces while being part of OPB’s Think Out loud !
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