Maine Writes poetry students from Edward Little High School recently participated in a live poetry slam competition in the Bronx, New York City. The students are part of a class that has received a free, full-year, 30-week poetry residency from L/A Arts.
Arts educator Joshua Vink of L/A Arts and classroom teacher Jill Hyland teamed up to teach the students poetry- and literacy-based skills and forms and about basic poetry slam performance. The students’ learning has been expressed in original written pieces they created, which they performed at the competition in New York. The poems cover powerful topics from their lives and community.
Students from the class have already performed their pieces in multiple venues this year, including Arts Advocacy Day at the Maine State Legislature in May and at a presentation at Auburn Public Library. In New York, they competed against other high school students from schools in Brooklyn and the Bronx.
This trip marks the second year that L/A Arts and the Auburn schools have partnered up to send a group of students to this New York City poetry slam event, and they hope to make the trip a mainstay of the program.