Please welcome your JUDGES!!!!
Dats right. Mariecus, Ava, and I went to our first poetry slam. As judges.
Slam camp is swinging and these kids are already up and batting. Well, sort of. They did some "Cover Slam" for us tonight. So basically they read someone else's poem with only 10 minutes of prep. Good, sure! Especially for some of them who haven't performed much. There are some who don't have any fear of audiences, but others are a little more cautious and they are bound to be learning all kinds of things here.
Just imagine what kind of environment this is fostering. A place where high schoolers can express themselves in their own words, then in a controlled, supportive place find their voice and get the encouragement and feedback that they crave. This is genius! And I've already bragged about the people working with them. Holy smashed avocados (Get it?). It's going to be beyond epic. And I totally dig it.