Slam poets shake up LHS, kick off interest in competitive team

Slam poets shake up LHS, kick off interest in competitive team

By Kylee Johnson “I would kill, Fire Marshall, I would kill to have a mustache like yours, but I still haven’t figured out how to grow one,” Slam Poet Andrew Ek admits as he stands in from the front of Deborah McGinn’s 7th period Advanced Creative Writing class. His hand gestures fly in front of

Visiting Slam Poets Andrew Ek (pictured) and Katie F.S. give a demonstration of their poetry performance during Deborah McGinn’s 7th period Advanced Creative Writing class. LHS will be starting its own competitive slam team beginning this Friday, Feb. 3rd after school in Room 340. Photo by Sammi Yelkin

By Kylee Johnson

“I would kill, Fire Marshall, I would kill to have a mustache like yours, but I still haven’t figured out how to grow one,” Slam Poet Andrew Ek admits as he stands in from the front of Deborah McGinn’s 7th period Advanced Creative Writing class. His hand gestures fly in front of him and his facial expressions are the icing on the cake to his performance of one of his many slam poems.

Slam poetry is a type of poetry that is generally performed in front of an audience as part of a competition.

On January 27, 2012, two very entertaining slam poets drove to Lincoln High from Omaha to give a taste of slam poetry to  McGinn’s Advanced Creative Writing Class. About a third of the students in the room were ninth graders from other classes who were interested in Slam Poetry and wanted to see what it was like.

Along with the performance from Ek, the classroom was also gifted with the performance of Katie S.F., a slam poet who competes in contests as well. She is known for what she calls “taking flight” when she gets on her tip toes and leans forward with her hands behind her.

“But this time instead I typed him in as stalker..” Katie tells the class, reciting from one of her many poems that tells a story of an old boyfriend who is now “stalking” her. As Katie goes on you learn that she ran away and grew out her hair, anything to get away from the being trapped in her ex boyfriend’s stalker-ish ways.

When the end of class bell rung, many students stayed after to ask a few questions to each slam poet, trying to get more information about slam poetry.

Visiting Slam Poets Katie F.S., and Andrew Ek give a demonstration of their poetry performance during Deborah McGinn’s 7th period Advanced Creative Writing class. LHS will be starting its own competitive slam team beginning this Friday, Feb. 3rd after school in Room 340. Photo by Sammi Yelkin

A new LHS Slam Poetry Team is going to begin Friday right after school where the slam Poetry coach, Dominique Garay, will begin to help students get their writing ready for competition. The meeting will be held in McGinn’s classroom, Room 340. The team is open to ALL grades who want to participate. The tryout for the team are in one month and to try out you need two poems that are close, but not over 3 minutes long. McGinn suggests that you have your friends read it and give you feedback to make it better. She also adds that if you are currently involved in the Musical and also wants to be apart may join when the musical concludes.

 

Advocate
EDITOR
PROFILE

Posts Carousel

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Latest Posts

Top Authors

Most Commented

Featured Videos