A team of six Episcopal students competed last week in the ALL CITY Youth Poetry Slam Festival, hosted by Forward Arts. This year is the 12th year that the festival has been held in Baton Rouge and the 7th that Episcopal has sent a team. In their two preliminary bouts, students performed a total of five individual poems and three group pieces, poems collaboratively written and performed by two to four poets. Eleventh grade Jerney Harms, who is on the team for the first time this year, advanced to finals as an individual, where she will perform with the top four teams and six individuals from the preliminary bouts. The top poets in this round will be selected for the Forward Arts team to compete at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival this summer, an event that features 500 poets from 50 cities. The 2017 Baton Rouge Forward Arts team won Brave New Voices. ALL CITY Finals will be held at the Manship Theatre on Saturday, April 28th at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 at manshiptheatre.org.
Coach: Karin deGravelles