Submit verses and rhymes to youth poetry slam

November 30, 2010

By Staff

Whether it is a ballad or a sonnet, freestyle verse or a haiku, the Issaquah Youth Advisory Board is looking for teenagers to write and read their work for a poetry slam.

Issaquah High School sophomore Iman Baghai, one of about 50 youth board members, said the poetry slam would encourage students to express themselves through the written word.

“We decided a poetry slam would be a good way to promote youth writing and youth voice,” he said. “We thought it would be a good way to promote poetry and trigger some interest and maybe even some passion for poetry.”

Students can e-mail poetry to to enter. All poems must take less than five minutes to read and should be appropriate for a school environment.

The board invites the community to attend the poetry slam from 4-5:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Black Box at Skyline High School, 1122 228th Ave. S.E., Sammamish.

A panel of teachers will judge the entries. The Issaquah Press will publish the winning entry.

Baghai said he writes poetry to feel empowered and to experiment with different points of view.

His classmate, Skyline junior Jon Hong said he has performed “Def”-style poetry before. While it can be nerve racking at first, he always gets lost in the rhythm of reading his poetry before an audience.

“Any poetry is good poetry and as long as you have a voice that is yours and is unique,” Hong said.

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