WSCC Slam Jam Poetry Competition
November 21, 2011 @ 11:00 pm – November 22, 2011 @ 2:00 am
Inman Humanities Bldg. Lobby
Walters State Community College
500 S Davy Crockett Pkwy,Morristown,TN 37813
Walters State’s Third Annual Slam Jam Poetry Competition is Monday, Nov. 21, from 6-9 p.m. in the lobby of the Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex. The event is free. Cash prizes will be offered to the winners.
Those wishing to perform poetry should register at 5:30 p.m. Past events have drawn close to 100 spectators and provided a free night of entertainment ranging from the dramatic to the hilarious.
“Slam poetry is just performance poetry,” explained Sherri Jacobs, assistant professor of English and advisor to Word Up, the college’s English club. Word Up sponsors the contest, along with several Open Mic coffeehouses throughout the year.
“Slam Jam poetry often involves poetry, beats and jazz. We’ve grown to include dramatic readings, too. The reader is actually performing the poem as opposed to just reading it,” Jacobs said.
“Slamming” poetry makes the words more alive for the audience, Jacobs said.
Poetry does not have to be original, but original work will gain extra points in the judging process. Poetry performed should be appropriate for all audiences, as children and teens have not only attended, but won awards in previous competitions. Content should respect the diversity of Walters State.
No advance reservations or entry fees are needed. Word Up will be offering a variety of coffee, tea and snacks at affordable prices during the events. For more information, contact Jacobs at (423) 585-6965.