Talented 10th Poetry Slam

2018 Poetry Slam
The City of Hollywood African American Advisory Council invites high school students to participate in the poetry/spoken word night at Hollywood City Hall on Thursday, February, 22nd from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Students are encouraged to write their poems based on the topic of "AFRICAN AMERICANS IN WARTIME". Students should be prepared to recite their poem during the event. First place winners will receive a "iPad Mini", the second place winner will receive a "Samsung Tablet", and the third place winner will receive a "Kindle Tablet" courtesy of Liberia Economic and Social Development and AT&T Pioneers. Poems must be submitted prior to the event. For more information, please call City of Hollywood Community Development at 954.921.3271.

Talented Tenth Poetry Slam

Thursday, February 22nd
Hollywood City Hall
2600 Hollywood Boulevard
Commission Chamber, Room 219
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm 


1st Place: iPad Mini
2nd Place: Samsung Tablet
3rd Place: Kindle Tablet
Prizes courtesy of the Liberia Economic and Social Development and AT&T Pioneers.

Official Slam Rules

The piece must be relative to African Americans in Wartime
No Expletives
Written versions of the presentation piece must be submitted by February 20, 2018 before 6:00 p.m.
Each presentation will be given no longer than 3 minutes
Participants must be a student of high school age (14-18 years old)

Official Slam Judging Criteria

The poem is well crafted and demonstrates effective use of poetic language, which may include figurative language and/or rich vocabulary.
The poem clearly conveys an idea and a point of view.
The poem captures and conveys human emotion and experience.
The poem effectively uses the rhythm and sound of language.

The poet’s body movement, facial expressions, and gestures are consistent with and enhance the ideas and mood of the poem.
The poet conveys energy and emotion that is consistent with and enhances the ideas and mood of the poem.

The poet speaks clearly.
The poet projects his/her voice.
The poet has memorized his/her poem.
The poet effectively performs to the audience.