Slam Poetry Competition at Wheaton College
Posted on January 21, 2013
In November of last year the Mouths for Microphones Poetry Slam put a call out to New England colleges and universities for their talented poets to compete at Wheaton College. Teams representing five area schools, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Brown University, Smith College, the University of Connecticut and Wheaton College, all competed for the Top Poets Title. The competition was sponsored by the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region 1 and the Wheaton College Office of Student Activities, Involvement, & Leadership (SAIL).
The event kicked off with a poetry writing workshop facilitated by Wheaton College alum, Roxy Azari ‘10. The workshop allowed poets to learn about each other and find inspiration for their art. After the workshop teams enjoyed a family style dinner together. The slam is as much about community building as it is about fierce competition.
Local poet, Simone Beaubien was the Mouths for Microphones slam master and featured poet. The Poetry Slam was a “four-by-four,” four-teams competing in four-rounds. Each team had its own style and surprised and delighted the audience with a wide variety of topics. The Slam was a tight competition only a few points separated the teams. The final results were: fourth place Smith College 100.9, third place Brown University/RISD 102.8, second place Wheaton College 103.9, and first place University of Connecticut 104.2. The overall top scoring poet was Tyrek Greene ’15 from the Wheaton College team with his poem Black Job Market which scored a 27.3 points out of a possible 30.0 points.
The regional poetry slam is a precursor to the ACUI produced College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) which offers an opportunity for campuses with spoken word student clubs to compete for top honors and to share their artistry and voices. This year the 13th annual CUPSI will be at Barnard College, April 3-6. The University of Connecticut was awarded at $200 credit towards their CUPSI registration.
Rebecca Pye, the Campus Center Coordinator and the Region 1 Poetry Slam Coordinator for ACUI, would like to thank the members of ispeak, Wheaton’s spoken word club for all their assistance with the slam in particular, Tyrek Greene and Cliff Bonner-Desravines as well as alum Roxy Azari.
Learn more about the official rules for the slam and CUPSI: http://www.acui.org/poetryslam/
See the promo video created by Cliff Bonner-Desravines: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EREXvkjrbhE
Submitted by Rebecca Pye
Photos: Cliften Bonner-Desraivines