Youth Slam Poetry
Literary Arts is proud to produce Verselandia!, our city-wide youth poetry slam which offers a public platform for local high school students to showcase their talents on stage. We’re thrilled to also host East Side Slam!, a youth poetry slam serving students in East Multnomah County high schools, and #Virtualandia! our online slam championship and educational initiative in light of distance learning.
Our Youth Programs celebrated the work of youth poets across the Portland Metro with #Virtualandia! 2021, a dynamic virtual slam poetry competition and month-long workshop series supporting students interested in slam poetry.
The 2021 #Virtualandia! Youth Poetry Slam Championship was held via livestream on Thursday April 29, 2021 at www.virtualandia.live with free tickets for students and educators and sliding scale tickets for community members. Benson High School senior, Jordan Wolmut, earned the title of #Virtualandia! 2021 slam champion and the top $1,000 visa gift card prize!
You can learn more about #Virtualandia!’s 2020 video series and feedback session origins and our 2021 virtual slam programming. Clark College student journalist Miranda Manzano also wrote about the 2021 competition in an article for Indy. Logo art and design by Gresham High school student, Lucy Anderson. Finally, you can check out the program for the event here.
Watch the #Virtualandia! 2021 Youth Poetry Slam Championship:
Thank you to our 2021 #Virtualandia! sponsors:
For questions about our slam programming, send inquiries to Emilly Prado, Director of Youth Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Verselandia! was founded by a visionary team 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 championship event in April 2012. Today, during the last week of April, National Poetry Month, 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 and Parkrose high school.
“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
East Side Slam!
The East Side Slam! launched in 2019 as an opportunity for local high school students to participate in the first dedicated slam poetry competition serving East Multnomah County. Poets attending high schools in East Multnomah County, outside of Portland Public Schools, who won the qualifying slams at their high schools made their way to the East Side Slam! finale.
Learn more about the East Side Slam! in this Pamplin Media news article covering the inaugural event.