Sixteen Youth poets compete for slots on this year’s Grand Slam Championship team.
Slam Asheville Youth gears up for Grand Slam, the team selection which will send six poets to the Youth Grand Slam Championship. The selection event takes place on Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m, at NC Stage (15 Stage Ln., Asheville). Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students.
According to Slam Asheville Youth representatives, the group has already taken two teams of young poets to the National Championships. That event will be held this July, in Philadelphia. “Slam Asheville Youth has been running two monthly youth poetry slams for over two years now and audiences frequently top 100,” Heidi Freeman, Mel Kelley and Steve Shell said in a letter to Xpress. “Our Soulspeak series at New York Studios often features a theme and poets have used their words to raise awareness and money for several local organizations, most recently raising over $1000 for Manna Food Bank at our Food for Thought, Slam Against Hunger.”