LOC National Book Festival: Poetry Slam, Teens

Sat Aug 31, 6pm–7:30pm
Presented by: Library of Congress
Venue: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
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This year's event will include some of the Metro area’s top youth slam groups. Team delegates from DC, Baltimore, and Salisbury, Maryland will compete to be named the festival's top youth slammer by performing new works on books and reading. Elizabeth Acevedo, author of the National Book Award-winning novel-in-verse "The Poet X," will emcee, and celebrity judges include poet and writer Julia Alvarez, winner of the 2013 National Medal of Arts; DC poet Teri Cross Davis, poetry coordinator at the Folger Shakespeare Library; and Raina Telgemeier, author and illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestsellers “Smile,” “Drama,” “Sisters” and “Ghosts.” Never been to a poetry slam or don’t know what it is? A poetry slam is a contest in which poets read or recite their poems, which are then judged by a panel. The poems can range from traditional to hip-hop in style; they can be delivered straight or in a theatrical manner. But one thing is certain: All who come will be wowed and moved.

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