Poetry slam welcomes everyone to celebrate Halloween with them

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Photo courtesy of Grace Reyes '19

James Ulku '19, Staff Writer

South’s poetry slam will be taking place Oct. 29 at the Ewald Library right off Jefferson and Lakepointe. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and there will be refreshments and prizes.

“Poetry slam is a competitive poetry reading in which contestants have three minutes with a 10 second grace period to perform an original work. They are scored by five judges who work on a 10-point scale,” Harry Campion, South English teacher said. “We throw out the top score and we throw out the bottom score so the middle three scores are the round. We are doing a two-round no finals poetry slam.”

Everyone is welcome, even if you’ve never gone to a poetry slam before or even wrote poetry.

“I’m pretty excited, it’s my first one I’ve ever been to and I love poetry, huge fan,” Ben Nottmeier ’19’ said.

For the seasoned poetry vets, it’s time to get back to the good old stomping grounds for some pre-Halloween rhymes.

“I’ve performed at the slams in the past and it’s a lot of fun and a good way to express yourself. There’s always a bunch of people at them so it can be a bit nerve-wracking, but it gives really good experience with performing in front of a crowd because everyone is very supportive towards the performers,” Martha Dawson ‘20 said about past slams.