University of Rochester

EVENT: Teens Showcase Local Creative Talent at Rochester Teen Poetry Slam Finals

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 North Plymouth Avenue, Rochester

ADMISSION: Free for students with school or college I.D. and members of Writers & Books; $3 for the general public

March 23, 2007

The Rochester Teen Poetry Slam Finals is part of a collaborative effort between the Warner School of Education and performance poet Reenah L. Golden to bring "Rethinking English: Spoken Word Poetry in Urban High School Classrooms" to the School of the Arts, Wilson Magnet, Edison, and Writers & Books. By tapping into their personal talents, interests, and youth popular culture, high school students have spent the past several months creating their own works of poetry and developing their work into performance pieces for the Poetry Slam.

Join us on Saturday, March 31, to celebrate, support, and cheer on the new generation of young poets as they show off their personal talents. Students will perform in a mock Olympic-style poetry competition and will be judged on quality of the poem and strength of the performance. The winning team will receive a trophy and the top six individual winners will advance to the Regional Slam in New York City. The event will be emceed by Reenah L. Golden and will include a live DJ and guest poets.

Funding for this event and team preparation has been provided by an Edith Glick Shoolman Children's Foundation grant through the Warner School, a School Arts Partnerships grant from Partners for Arts Education, and a grant from the John F. Wegman Foundation.

About the Warner School of Education
Founded in 1958, the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education offers master's and doctoral degree programs in teaching and curriculum, school leadership, higher education, counseling, human development, and educational policy. The Warner School of Education offers a new accelerated option for its Ed.D. programs that allows eligible students to earn a doctorate in education in as few as three years part time while holding a professional job in the same field. The Warner School of Education is recognized both regionally and nationally for its tradition of preparing practitioners and researchers to become leaders and agents of change in schools, universities, and community agencies; generating and disseminating research; and actively participating in education reform.