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Performance that Pops! a Youth Poetry Slam Workshop | #Virtualandia! 2021

Mon, March 29 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
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Refine your performance chops in anticipation of #Virtualandia! and more at this workshop co-led by two amazing slam poets—Jacque Dixon, an educator and coach for our Brave New Voices team, and Jolly Wrapper, third place Verselandia! 2018 winner and Brave New Voices poet. Topics may include projecting your voice with confidence, extending metaphors, transitioning themes, memorization tips, body language, and anything in between.

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

Workshops are free and open to all students. These will be hosted via Google Meet and led by talented youth and adult slam poets. For questions about this workshop, please contact Emilly Prado, Director of Youth Programs, at emilly@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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Jolly Wrapper

Jolly Wrapper, that’s “Wrapper” with a “W”! is a Portland-based musical performer, spoken word poet and visual artist. His work often draws inspiration from personal experiences, interests, people, systems, and social injustices, which he has encountered and observed throughout his life. Although not confined to any one particular genre of music, his most popular songs usually consist of Hip-Hop Rap and Bedroom-Pop. 

He’s established in the local area both as a Portland Poet, and also as an up and coming artist in the Portland rap scene as well. He’s not only performed all over Portland, some of his most notable out of town performances were, Houston, Las Vegas, and one of his biggest feats yet was being flown out by the Smithsonian Institution, located in Washington DC to give a musical performance for the launch of Open Access, the releasing of the Smithsonian’s digital archives to the public.

Aside from performing poetry and making music, he also loves filming music videos, doing photography, producing beats, drawing, painting, designing and sewing custom clothes, writing and illustrating children's books, mentoring youth, and facilitating social justice events. He also enjoys metal detecting, collecting coins, polishing rocks, and his favorite snack is cilantro! His biggest strengths are being creative and problem-solving. Through art and self-expression, he will change the world. Support him and he'll support you! Check out his music on all platforms @Jolly Wrapper.

When asked how he’s feeling he hit us with his famous catchphrase, “I’m Feelin’ Jolly!”

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