The 18th Annual BNV International Youth Poetry Slam Festival takes place July 15-18, 2015 in Atlanta, GA.
It is Thursday, July 16, 2015, a group of six southeast area Louisiana students are preparing to use their words in competition.
The competition, The Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, is an annual event hosted by San Francisco based organization, Youth Speaks.
A poetry slam is an Olympic-style competition where poets read original work. No costumes, musical accompaniment or props are permitted. Each poem is scored by five judges, on a scale of 0-10, with the low and high scores dropped, giving the poet a possible perfect total of 30.
The area students who will compete under the team name Forward Arts All Stars are Madalyn Mullins, 17 and Arvind Nandakumar, 17 – both of Baton Rouge Magnet High, Amber Torrence, 17 of McKinley High (Baton Rouge), JaMarcus Goudeau, 17 of East Feliciana High (Clinton), and Dutchtown High School’s very own Jolie Gilbert, 17 and Amaris Wilson, 16.
Garnering placement on the All Star team via the regional ALL CITY Teen Poetry Slam Festival hosted by Forward Arts, Inc. (Baton Rouge), the students must first be members of a school or youth group sponsored team. The annual area festival, held each year in April since 2007, selects one group as team champions, and further builds its All Star team from the top-ranking individual poets from the competition.