A group of Casa Grande teens plan to head to Mesa on Saturday to compete against other youths in a statewide poetry slam.
Any teen who took to the mic during the March 28 or April 18 Casa Grande poetry slams is eligible to become part of the team, said Yvonne Johnson, Casa Grande poetry slam organizer and mentor. The teens have spent weeks preparing a group entry for the competition and selected high school cliques as the theme of their poem.
At the state competition, teens may either take part in the group poem or present their own work, Johnson said.
“They need to have three of their individual best poems,” Johnson said.
When they compete, the team will wear new Casa Grande slam poetry T-shirts purchased with community donations. Slam poetry is an expressive art form in which verse is spoken or performed before an audience and judges.
Poems do not need to rhyme or follow a particular style but must be original works written by the poet.
Winners of Casa Grande’s March 28 poetry slam were homeschool student CJ Gurka, first; Primavera online student Lydia Havens, second; and Casa Grande Union High School senior Lauren Leal, third.
An encouragement award was given to Jessica Chavez, a Vista Grande High School student.
Winners of the April 18 competition were Vista Grande student Joshua Garcia, first; Villago Middle School student Kat Walker, second; and Vista Grande High School student Feliz Ramirez, third. An encouragement award was given to Vista Grande High School student Madison Sepeda.
For more information about Casa Grande slam poetry, send an email to email@example.com.