2016 L/A ARTS MAINE WRITES POETRY SLAM – March 2nd, 2016

Please note:  This program is not open to the general public.  Press is welcome!


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Last year’s Maine Writes students from Edward Little High School pose after taking the top three honors in a live, on-stage poetry slam against Bronx & Brooklyn students in New York City last spring.

 (Photo by L/A Arts)

L/A Arts Poetry Slam Competitions: Wednesday, March 2nd, 10 a.m.

Locations: Farwell Elementary School, McMahon Elementary School, Edward Little High School (Judging)

10:00–11:00am: Poetry Slam

●    9:45‐10:00am: Introductions

●    10 a.m. – Team McMahon (Aldrich‐Capen)

●    10 a.m. – Team McMahon (Steingesser‐O’Brien)

●    10 a.m. – Team Farwell (Steingesser‐Bilodeau)

●    11 a.m.  – Wrap‐up

LEWISTON/AUBURN. L/A Arts is pleased to announce that the fourth annual Maine Writes poetry slam will take place at area schools on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016.  This competition is the culmination of a ten-week residency program at public schools in Lewiston (Farwell and McMahon Elementary schools) and Auburn (Edward Little High School).

The Maine Writes slam competition will take place live via videoconferencing between schools. Seven students from each competing class (chosen by their peers and teachers) will make up their team, five of which will perform their poems for the slam. The poems will be judged by a panel of students for the quality of the writing and performances. Farwell and McMahon Elementary School students will compete and be adjudicated by students from Edward Little High School. The high school team is scheduled to return to the Bronx, New York City in the spring of 2016 to be part of a live poetry slam competition. All participating students will receive a special commendation for their work.

The residencies were team taught by an L/A Arts professional poetry teaching artist and a public school classroom teacher. During the work, students enhanced their literacy skills studying the form of poetry, and applied their understanding by writing and performing their own original pieces. The poems are based on themes and topics from their lives and community that have importance to them. The program is possible from the generous support of foundations, the Lewiston School Department and local corporate sponsors and in partnership with the New York City based performance / technology organization Global Writes and the Bates Museum of Art. This year, guided visits to visual arts exhibitions at the Bates Museum of Art served as generative launching points for student writing.

Last year’s Edward Little students took the top three honors in a competition with students from the Bronx and Brooklyn. We can’t wait to see what this year’s students accomplish!

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