US Embassy presents poetry contest for Jamaicans Aug 12


The U.S. Embassy Kingston is pleased to announce its first competitive youth poetry slam, “Understanding the World around You: The Environment and Climate Change” on August 12, 2014. The poetry slam intends to engage the youth on the topics of the environment and climate change in a fun and creative way.

The event will be held from 10am-12pm at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston (142 Old Hope Road). There will be two sessions with session 1 for participants age 10-14 and session 2 for participants age 15-19. There will be an intermission with an Open Mic Session where audience members are welcome to perform a poem outside of the competition. Those who do not wish to perform are encouraged to attend and cheer on the performers as audience members.

Winner of the ‘Best Slam’ and the ‘Best Written Piece’ will be chosen from each age group and will receive an iPad or Tablet. All eligible entrants will receive certificates and free lifetime membership to the Embassy Library, The Paul Robeson Information Resource Center.

Listed below are the rules and requirements to compete in the event:

– Age criteria: 10-19 years old

– All works submitted must be original pieces from the performers

– Each performance is no longer than 3 minutes

– Poems must focus on the theme of the environment and climate change. This theme can relate to many different aspects of life including, but not limited to, Jamaican prosperity, wildlife, personal relationship with the environment, etc.

– Poems can be in any style

– Poets may stomp their feet, sing, dance, drum on themselves, etc., but they may not (a) play an instrument, or (b) use recorded music.

– There is no censorship. It is recommended that writers regulate themselves and avoid excessive violence, sexually explicit content and/or degrading language.

Attendees must send their first name and last name, date of birth, contact phone number and e-mail address, and if they wish to compete they must also submit their poem, to kingstonirc@state.gov by August 5, 2014. Anyone wishing to attend must RSVP

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