FRAMINGHAM – What began as a class project in 2004, has now turned into a school-wide event, now shared with the community.
And on Wednesday, April 25, Framingham High School will hold the final round of its 15th annual senior class poetry slam.
A “slam” is a competition between teams of poets who perform their own original work, bringing poetry off the page and onto the stage in a gloves-off, no-holds-barred verbal boxing match with judges chosen randomly from the audience.
“When I began teaching poetry slam to my students in senior English classes 15 years ago, I never imagined that it would grow to become an FHS tradition. Now, the senior poetry slam feels like a rite of passage to the students and teachers of FHS,” said Framingham High School Librarian, Alison Courchesne. “The underclassmen watch the graduating seniors up on stage, and they often say, ‘I would never have the guts to do that,’ but by the time they are the seniors, the students really rise to the occasion and seize that opportunity to speak their truth. I’m proud that our community really values our students’ voices.”
Preliminary and semi-final rounds, consisting of 317 members of the class of 2018, were held at Framingham High from April 9-12 to determine which teams would move on to the finals.
The top three teams at the final round on April 25 will take home cash prizes and, more importantly, bragging rights.
The 15th Annual Poetry Slam is open to the public and will be held at Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St (Route 126) in Framingham. Admission is $5, but free to Framingham High students with an ID.
The slam is generously sponsored by the Framingham Education Foundation and the Framingham High PTBO.
Class of 2018 Poetry Slam Finalists
Hannah³ and Aaron
Baby Lenga Kalemba
We’ll Figure That Out Later
Tax Free Tampons
Birds of the Crow’s nest
A Stack of Slam Cakes
Also, at the finals on April 25, there will be a special guest performance by FHS’s “varsity” poetry slam team, “Framingslam,” who competed last weekend at the Louder Than a Bomb Massachusetts High School Poetry Slam competition in Boston.