Our city-wide youth poetry slam offers a public platform for local high school students to showcase their talents on stage.
Verselandia! features Portland’s youth poets performing original work at the historic Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Students from local public high schools compete in individual school slams to qualify for this grand slam event. Verselandia! is a powerful community moment to show young people that their voices matter.
Verselandia! City-wide Youth Poetry Slam
Thursday, Apr 30, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Student poets who won the qualifying slams at their high schools make their way to the Schnitz for the Verselandia! slam final.
Verselandia! was founded by a group of Portland public high school librarians and educators who ran individual poetry slams at their schools. As the competitions grew, Literary Arts became a partner and the producer of the final event. Today, during the last week of April, our annual Verselandia! event draws more than 1,000 people to cheer on youth poets at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Currently, participating schools include Portland Public high schools as well as Gresham high school. While the grand slam is currently at capacity for competitors, we invite regional high school students to attend.
“If you have something to say, or feel like your voice is not heard, or if you have things to teach people and wisdom to get out, slam poetry is great.”Verselandia! finalist
“Verselandia not only provides a consistently high quality event, but consequently creates a local community of young slam poets.”Lincoln High School student
Verselandia! East Side Slam
Thursday, Apr 16, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
Mt. Hood Community College
Student poets in East Multnomah County who won the qualifying slams at their high schools make their way to the East Side Slam! a county-wide slam finale.