What is Poetry Slam?

The Heard ‘Em Say Poetry Slam Team was created to identify, cultivate and exhibit exemplary teen poets from the Tampa Bay Area through the vehicle of ‘slam poetry’. The team is committed to developing strong and creative writing with an emphasis on innovative, energetic and polished presentations. The Heard ‘Em Say Poetry Slam Team is designed to function as an extension of the show (adhering to show guidelines) and to represent the flourishing talent base in the region, as young modern-day Tampa Bay griots!

The teens will prepare group pieces and strengthen individual poems, under the direction and tutelage of the coach and staff, in order to compete at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival and various other events.