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This slam poetry competition elevates young voices

The Verselandia! Youth Poetry Slam Championship returns this month for a night of passionate spoken word performances by Portland students.

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A student competing at the 2023 Verselandia! Youth Poetry Slam Championship.

Celebrate Portland’s youth poets during Literary Arts’ annual Verselandia!.

Photo by Shawnte Sims

Experience the electrifying energy of spoken word during the Verselandia! Youth Poetry Slam Championship, happening Thursday, April 25 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Inspiration is inevitable as the next generation of creative voices vie for the title of Grand Slam Champion (and cash prizes).

The 12th annual event, presented by community-based nonprofit Literary Arts, showcases top poetry performers from local high schools. Students from Portland and east Multnomah County public high schools won individual school slams to secure their spot in the championship.

Verselandia! was founded in 2012, in collaboration with Nancy Sullivan, a teacher + librarian at McDaniel High School, to give students new opportunities to express their emotions through slam poetry. The event has given young, powerful voices a stage ever since.

Anyone who enjoys slam poetry is invited to attend the event. More than 1,000 attendees are expected, so don’t wait to reserve your spot.

Learn more + purchase tickets.

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