The National Poetry Slam is underway in Oakland, Calif. After an eight-year drought, five Baltimore poets are representing the city at the multi-day competition which has been called “the World Series of poetry.”
Baltimore writers Slangston Hughes, Lady Brion, Fire Angelou, Kenneth Something, and Black Chakra qualified to represent Baltimore at NPS by competing in the Slammageddon Grand Slam Finals at the Soulful Emergence Art Gallery in May.
But these writers are more than Baltimore’s premier performance poets, they’re also all teaching artists at DewMore Baltimore, a community organization that mixes art-focused programming and community organizing aimed at the city’s youth, hosting workshops, organizing poetry festivals sleep-away camps, and managing a youth poetry team.
More than 70 teams from the United States, Canada, and France are competing at National Poetry Slam in group-piece, individual, and team categories.
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