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2020 Verselandia! City-wide Youth Poetry Slam (Postponed)

Thu, April 30 from 7:00 pm
1037 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205



This event has been postponed until a future date, yet to be determined. If you have already purchased tickets, please hold on to them, as they will be honored on the rescheduled date.

We are immensely grateful for your support of Literary Arts, our writers, our youth, and the literary community during this extremely difficult time.


Join Literary Arts for the ninth annual Verselandia! city-wide youth poetry slam. 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.

This city-wide slam features students from Parkrose, Roosevelt, Metropolitan Learning Center, Benson, Lincoln, Gresham, Franklin, Madison, Wilson, Jefferson, Grant, and Cleveland high schools competing for poetic glory. Verselandia! is the Grand Slam for the winners from individual school slams hosted by public high school library media specialists.

Following the same rules as national poetry slams, students must perform original work without props, costumes, or music in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. Using a scale of one to ten, Verselandia judges will rate both the performance and the writing of each student. Five students with the top scores will walk away with great prizes, but only one will be a champion.



This event is sponsored in part by: