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3rd Annual Brick City Poetry Festival

3rd Annual Brick City Poetry Festival

Festival Expands, Quincy Troupe to Keynote The Brick City Poetry Festival will be held Thursday, October 19th through Sunday, October 22nd at venues throughout the Greater St. Louis area. This year, Quincy Troupe is slated to give the keynote address on Sunday at 3:00 pm at the Missouri History Museum. Brick City will offer pre-festival events this year that will include a River Styx reading at the Contemporary Arts Museum that Monday , a Eugene B….

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VerbQuake Youth Slam

VerbQuake Youth Slam

VerbQuake Youth Poetry Slam is a teen performing arts program. It is critical literacy. It is reading everyday life as text. It is treating revision as sharpening blades. It is cross-stitched quilts. It is liberation from labels. It is refusing the master’s tools or using them to tear down old frameworks. It is a platform for ideas. It is a safe space. It is a brave space. It is an open space. It is an…

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Juan Felipe Herrera Visits STL on Oct 16th

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera Headlines the 2nd Annual St. Louis Brick City Poetry Festival Saint Louis, Missouri – The St. Louis Brick City Poetry Festival will welcome US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and Missouri Poet Laureate Aliki Barnstone during its five day run of events beginning Thursday, October 13th through Monday, October 17th. In its second year under the direction of Saint Louis Poet Laureate Dr. Michael Castro, Brick City has added…

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2nd Annual Brick City Poetry Festival Schedule

UrbArts is proud to partner with the 2nd Annual Saint Louis Brick City Poetry Festival. We’re thankful for the support given by the Regional Arts Commission. We kick things off Oct 13th at the Stage. Complete schedule below: Thursday Oct. 13: Opening Event ●Location: The Stage at KDHX, 3524 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103 ●Time: 7-10 pm ●Hosts: Pacia ●Featuring: Introduction of the anthology “CROSSING THE DIVIDE” ​ with Los Angeles-based poet & publisher…

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UrbArts Sends Top Four Youth Poets to Brave New Voices International Slam Festival

Saint Louis, Missouri — UrbArts will send its top four youth poets to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Brave New Voices International Slam Festival in July 2016. University of Missouri student Erielle Jones, Kirkwood High student Aly, and Grand Center Arts Academy students Majovah and Biddy are current preparing poems for the 4 day festival in hopes of winning the championship. UrbArts’s youth-poetry slam team, VerbQuake, opened its 5th season on Martin Luther King day….

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The Rules

VQ Rules (as adapted from BNV 2015) There must be a minimum of four people on each team. There is no maximum size for teams throughout the competition. However, no more than 6 poets per team are eligible to compete during a single bout (slam). The coach must submit a roster of poet competing at each bout. No more than 4 poets on the stage or on mic at any time during a bout. Using BNV’s definition, “on the stage” means a part – any part – of the poem including from the stage, backstage, or the audience.  Team members must be between 13 – 19 years old (cannot turn 20 before July 18, 2016) Each team must have a minimum of one adult chaperon (over the age of 21) for the team.  ​ Teams must prepare at least one individual poem per member.  All of the work used in the Slam must be original writing by the individuals performing.  Teams that plagiarize will be disqualified. Plagiarism, as defined by Miriam ­Webster, is to steal and pass off (the ideas and words of another) as one’s own; use another’s work without crediting the source; to commit literary theft; present as new and original an idea or  product derived from an existing source.  Scores will be announced…

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