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All About Slam! a Q&A Session | #Virtualandia! 2021

Mon, March 8 from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm PST
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Learn about the slam poetry process, #Virtualandia, and ask any questions you have whether it’s about form, performance tips, or inspiration sources. This Q&A session will be led by local experts in slam poetry—Jacque Dixon, an educator and coach for our Brave New Voices team, and Jordan Wolmut, 2019 Verselandia! grand slam champion and Brave New Voices poet. Olivia Jones-Hall, Youth Programs Manager, will also be in the session to answer any logistical questions about submission, prizes, competition rules, or otherwise.

RSVP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtualandia-2021-workshop-and-qa-sessions-tickets-142756002045

All #Virtualandia programming is free to students. For questions about this Q&A session, please contact Olivia Jones-Hall, Youth Programs Manager, at olivia@literary-arts.org.

About the Competition

#Virtualandia! 2021 is an exciting opportunity for students from eligible* Portland-area high schools to take part in a dynamic virtual slam poetry competition presented by Literary Arts. Competitors will take to the mic for a chance to win prizes including the title of #Virtualandia slam champion and corresponding $1,000 visa gift card. Up to 300 youth poets will submit original work via video by midnight Wednesday, March 31 to be reviewed and judged by a diverse group of artists and fans with a pulse on the literary scene. Ten poets will be selected to advance and qualify for our April 29, 2021 grand slam event. These ten students will have their poems professionally recorded and aired during the grand slam event to be scored by five judges in the typical Verselandia! tradition to identify a top five and our next grand slam champion. 

Click here for our #Virtualandia handbook for how students from eligible high schools can enter the competition. Learn more about our slam programs here.

* Eligible schools: Alliance, Benson, Centennial, Cleveland, David Douglas, Fir Ridge, Franklin, Grant, Gresham, Ida B Wells-Barnett, Jefferson, Lincoln, Madison, Many Nations Academy, Metropolitan Learning Center, Open School, Parkrose, Reynolds, Roosevelt

Get tickets to the 2021 #Virtualandia Youth Poetry Slam Championship and support the next generation of poets and storytellers. https://literary-arts.org/event/virtualandia-2021/

Jacque Dixon

Jacque Dixon is an educator, writer and activist residing in Portland, Oregon. She is passionate about ending the school to prison pipeline and using creative expression as a way to engage youth in standing up for social and racial justice. As a songwriter and hip-hop artist, Jacque was a founding member of Rose Bent, Portland's favorite female hip-hop group. With over 15 years of teaching experience, she's used her love for community and the spoken word to collaborate with organizations like Literary Arts, Up & Over, Spit/WRITE and Portland Parks & Recreation to provide supportive spaces for young creatives to thrive. Jacque is the head coach of Poetland, a local teen slam poetry team. In 2019, under Jacque's guidance and mentorship, Poetland advanced to quarterfinals at the Brave New Voices International Slam Poetry Festival, in competition with over 50 teams from around the world.
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Olivia Jones-Hall

INTERIM DIRECTOR OF Youth Programs 

Pronouns: she/her Olivia was born and raised in Portland, with the exception of some time in Newbridge, Ireland, Oberlin, Ohio, and Astoria, Oregon. At Literary Arts, she works in Youth Programs, coordinating student readings and college essay mentoring sessions, donating books to classrooms, helping get students to author events at the Schnitz, and curating the annual Writers in the Schools anthology of student work, among other things. Her favorite book is Love in the Time of Cholera. The book she’s read the most is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and she wishes the English translation had the original title. She doesn’t like dust jackets, and listens to true crime podcasts while she works.
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Jordan Wolmut

Jordan Wolmut is a senior at Benson High School and the 2019 Verselandia! and 2021 #Virtualandia! Grand Slam Champion. She has always been on the hunt for creative escapes, and has turned to sports and writing both since she was a kid. She plays volleyball, basketball, and runs track. Jordan has found that when nobody listened, the paper did, and so through writing has found a space to share secrets, pain, happiness, anything—without judgement. She also enjoys spreading positivity and being surrounded by plants and animals. Finally, she loves food so much—so much—she’s even written about it.
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