First Annual Poetry Slam Wows

Lawrenceville’s English Department hosted its first ever Poetry Slam competition from 6:15 PM to 8:15 PM in the McGraw Reading Room of the Bunn Library this past Thursday. The evening featured 20 student performances, three of which were delivered by student guest performers Deven Kinney ’20, Arya Singh ’20, and Gabby Medina ’21. In addition, Kayla Miller ’19 served as the emcee of the event, and Santi Parra ’20 was the DJ.

Lawrenceville’s English Department hosted its first ever Poetry Slam competition from 6:15 PM to 8:15 PM in the McGraw Reading Room of the Bunn Library this past Thursday. The evening featured 20 student performances, three of which were delivered by student guest performers Deven Kinney ’20, Arya Singh ’20, and Gabby Medina ’21. In addition, Kayla Miller ’19 served as the emcee of the event, and Santi Parra ’20 was the DJ.

Organized by English Master Enithie Hunter, English Teaching Fellow Sarah Pearl Heard, and Inter-library Loan and Outreach Assistant Ian August, the Big Red Poetry Slam Contest was intended to introduce Lawrentians to different styles of poetry.

“[The competition] is basically another way for students to celebrate poetry and the arts. It’s also an opportunity for students to share personal writing,” Hunter said.

In this year’s competition, Lawrentians were welcome to perform an original piece or a poem written by a professional writer. “More than 75 percent of students ventured into writing their own poetry, and only a small portion of students followed the ‘flexible’ guidelines,” Hunter said.

Medina performed ‘Caged Bird’ by Maya Angelou, which compares the life of a caged bird and a free bird.

“I chose this poem because it’s a metaphor for the African slaves who would sing songs of freedom [like the caged bird],” Medina said.

According to Hunter, the Poetry Slam Contest will “eventually [be made into] a legitimate competition whereby if students want to participate at the regional and state level, the option is there.”

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