Congrats to our 2019 Verselandia! finalists. The eighth annual Verselandia! featured 21 students from 12 different schools competing for glory in the city-wide high school poetry slam at the Schnitz.

1st Place:  Jordan Wolmut, Benson

2nd Place:  Nikole Davis, Grant

3rd Place:  Ari Lohr, Wilson

4th Place:  Erin Challenor, Madison

5th Place:  Dashiell Rucka, Jefferson

We want to give a huge shoutout to all the participating students, including the alternate poets and our sacrificial poet from Reynolds High School. Also thanks to our crew, including judges Omar El Akkad, Miles K Davis, David Ciminello, Brianna Grisby, and Adrienne Nelson, as well as our math master Mary Rodeback and our timekeepers Ramón Pagán and Sarah Gibbon. Mighty Mike McGee was a fantastic emcee, and we couldn’t do this event without the work of those who run the qualifying slams: Paige Battle, Ilsa Bruer, Elizabeth Buelow, Sandra Childs, Crystal Hanson, Cassandre Lanzas, Carl Larson, Stuart Levy, Lori Lieberman, Leigh Morlock, Mary Rechner, Bryan L Smith, Nancy Sullivan, Debra Tavares, Frank Thomas, Betsy Tighe, and Alethea Work.

2019 Verselandia! Winners