After several months, youth poets from Illinois to Jefferson County will converge in Old North St. Louis this Friday at 6 for the VerbQuake Indie Championship. The winner of this competition will be named the Youth Poetry Slam Champion. The top 6 poets will form the UrbArts Youth Poetry Slam team and represent the region at Brave New Voices in the summer of 2019. Past champions include two-time winner Joi McClain of Metro A&C. Buy your tickets here: $15 adv tix.
The competition has three rounds, where the lowest scoring poems will cost the poets the opportunity of moving forward. The scoring will be cumulative to give weight to the most polished performers.
Below is the list of poets expected to compete at the final:
- Camryn (Kirkwood)
- K-Note aka Keana Fox (Collinsville)
- Darius (CVPA)
- Elle Wolf (CVPA)
- Dominoes (CVPA)
- Jessica (Hazelwood West)
- Megha Sanjay (Marquette)
- Caleb (Northwest in Cedar Hill)
- Sarah Abbas (Marquette)
- Brooklyn Beatz aka Amaya (Collinsville)
- Kaylyn McCoy (Parkway North)
- Charlotte D’Alfonso (Parkway North)
- Mo-Mo (Grand Center Arts Academy)
- Swervo (Sumner)
- Ella (Marquette)
- Wavy Jarae (Parkway North)
Season 8 of UrbArts Youth Poetry Slam is made possible by support from Regional Arts Commission and Missouri Arts Council.