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The Alexandria Museum of Art is hosting workshops this month to prepare Rapides Parish high school students to compete in the Poetry Out Loud initiative that will lead up to the national finals in Washington, DC in May.
Alexandria poet Sha’Condria Sibley is a poetry slam veteran who will coach the students on their recitation. Sibley, who was on the National Poetry Slam championship team in 2012, writes about sensitive subjects. Her poem titled “To All the Little Black Girls with Big Names” put her on the map.
“One thing that was always an issue for me growing up was my name, and I’ve never heard a poem where somebody actually tackled that topic. That poem came about from my personal struggle with people mispronouncing my name and stereotyping me and thinking that I was a particular type of way because I had a ‘ghetto name,’” Sibley said.