Woodrow Wilson High School Poetry Club”-Washington, DC

Organizer: Woodrow Wilson High School Poetry Club” (Pamela Gardner-sponsor)

Contact: wwilsonlms@yahoo.com

“There are two ways to worry words. One is hoping for the greatest possible beauty in what is created. The other is to tell the truth. ” – June Jordan

Woodrow Wilson Poetry Club’s

youth voices: a 100 Thousand Poets for Change event

INFORMATION FOR STUDENT POETS.

 

Below you will find information about this event, the greater experience of which we will be a part (100 Thousand Poets for Change), and of course, us, the Wilson High School Poetry Club.

THE EVENT – youth voices

We have so many gifted youth poets, in the Washington metropolitan area, who clearly communicate their truth; their understanding of, or experience, within the emotional/environmental/societal ills that adversely impact their lives. They talk of barriers that break them down or propel them forward. They speak of the change they’d like to see. This is the perfect opportunity to give them the stage that their voices be heard. That the change their world needs may come…

WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 2012

WHERE: Woodrow Wilson High School  3950 Chesapeake St., N Washington, DC                  (1 block from Metro Red line – Tenleytown/AU station)

TIME:         9 – 9:30am – Poet Check-In   10 am to Noon – Event

LOGISTICS:  9am- Student poets should arrive at Wilson High School to sign in, turn in permission forms and get their performance order. Registration will end at 9:45.

10 am to Noon –  The performance will begin promptly at 10 am.  Then, for the next 2 (possibly 2.5) hours, our program will take place on a small, low-rise stage in front of the school. Each poet will have a maximum of 3 minutes to share their poem.

We are scheduled to have a few food trucks vending in the school’s driveway for your refreshment needs.

OUR SPECIAL GUESTS

DC Youth Poetry Slam Team (May 2012 Performance at Kennedy Center)

WILSON High School POETRY CLUB

The Wilson High School Poetry Club is a student organization of Woodrow Wilson High School, a DC Public School. It was founded in January of 2012 through our library media program and is open to all students.  Media specialist, Pamela Gardner, is our sponsor.

Our purpose is twofold:

  1. To nurture and strengthen our poetry writing and performance skills
  2. To use our poetic voices to build community.

To that end, we:

  • meet weekly with a poetry coach/ nationally recognized slam poet, George Yamazawa (of Split This Rock – a 501c3 poetry organization)
  • sponsor monthly open mics during STEP (lunch)
  • perform at school and community events
  • sponsor and/or participate in friendly slam competitions  or open mics with other youth poetry organizations

Each winter, we select 4 to 6 members to represent us and our school in the “Louder Than A Bomb DMV” slam poetry competition. Last year, we placed 1st in that competition.

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5 Responses to Woodrow Wilson High School Poetry Club”-Washington, DC

  1. Jenice Johnson says:

    Last Saturday was so much fun, We set up a stage and two microphones at the entrance of our high school. We played music into the community to draw an audience. 17 preteen and teen poets and our assistant principal took the stage and shared their original writings. Not a large turnout but a very engaged one. The DC Youth Slam Team was great. They did 4 poems, Our event, “youth voices: a 100 thousand poets for change event” lasted almost two hours. We will post our video by Friday. Our sponsor, Ms Gardner is finalizing it.

    After, members of our club went to the DC Youth Slam Team’s office and participated in a writing workshop with Tim Seibles. Tim Seibles is an incredible poet and professor at Old Dominion University. One of the exercises we did was write a poem in the voice of a cartoon superhero. After that, the DC team sponsored another 100 thousand poets for change event at the Hamiltonian Gallery.

    Overall, this was a great poetic day! Thank you for sponsoring this event. We are so proud to have shared our voices with the . Hope you like our video.

    Names of participating poets –
    Poet Hosts for the Day – Asha Gardner and Mackenzie Hahn
    Sophia Diggs-Galligan
    Olivia (Last name not available)
    Meilah Rovinsky
    Delonte Smith
    Reina Privado
    Carlos Hood
    D’Mani Harrison-Porter
    Mackenzie Hahn
    Jenice Johnson
    Carolyn Kennedy
    Nathaniel Tolbert Smith
    Lamel Powell

    Mr. Gregory Bargeman – Assistant Principal
    Special Guests – DC Youth Poetry Slam Team
    – Jonathan Tucker – Coach
    – Brandon Douglas
    – Asha Gardner
    – Eric Powell
    – “Scott”
    Event Coordinator and Wilson Poetry Club Sponsor – Ms. Pamela Lipscomb-Gardner
    Event Videographer – Mr. Vincent Williams

  2. Pamela Gardner says:

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  3. Pamela Gardner says:

    Hi guys,

    On Friday we got permission from the school to host our event at the school’s entrance. This is so exciting because we have a new building and the entrance is like a little amphitheater. We, also got news that the DC Youth Slam Team will be our featured guests (So awesome because they came in 5th in the nation at Brave New Voices this past summer).
    On Monday (Sept 10), we will send invitations to all the poetry clubs in all the schools in our city. Our sponsor already told the librarians. at the schools. about this event so they are just waiting for the details. Hopefully, we will have a good resonse. Oh yeah, and we finished our flyers. We’ll try to post the annoncement to school and one of our public flyers. Hope you like them.

  4. Pamela Gardner says:

    “There are two ways to worry words. One is hoping for the greatest possible beauty in what is created. The other is to tell the truth. ” – June Jordan

    We have so many gifted youth poets, in the Washington metropolitan area, who clearly communicate their truth; their understanding of or experience within the emotional/environmental/societal ills that adversely impact their lives. They tell of barriers that break them down or propel them forward. They speak of the change they’d like to see. This is the perfect opportunity to give them the stage that their voices be heard. That the change their world needs may come…

    The shape and logistics of our event will be in the very capable hands of the Woodrow Wilson High School Poetry Club, 2012 Louder Than A Bomb DMV Champions. On Monday (August 27), we will meet for the first time this school year. The next post (and most subsequent) you read will be from them as they chronicle this journey to their event within the many events of 100 Thousand Poets for Change on September 29, 2012 .

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