FRAMINGHAM – Amazing Things Arts Center will host the final round of the 16th Annual Framingham High Poetry Slam on Thursday, April 25.
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.
What began as a class project in 2004, has since turned into a school-wide, and community-wide event.
“When I began teaching poetry slam to my students in senior English classes 16 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,” said Courchesne
Preliminary and semi-final rounds, consisting of 350 members of the class of 2019, were held at FHS from April 8-11 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 16th Annual Poetry Slam is open to the public. Tikets can be purchased at Eventbrite. This event is generously sponsored by the FHS Foundation and the FHS PTBO. Admission is $5 per person, or free with a Framingham High School ID.
It starts at 7:30 p.m.
Class of 2019 Poetry Slam Finalists
O Hot Slam
The Voluptuous Rubber Duck Squad
Eric the Hero