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Walters State’s Poetry Slam Returns Nov. 21
November 17, 2022

Walters State’s Poetry Slam is returning after a two-year absence. Slamming begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21, in the lobby of the Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex. The event is free and open to everyone, both as spectators and as performers.

“Slam Poetry is different than just reading a poem,” Sherri Jacobs, associate professor of English, said. “It takes poetry to another level and provides an opportunity to perform dramatically and bring the poem to life.”
The Poetry Slam is sponsored by Word Up, the college’s English club. Gift cards will be awarded for first, second and third place. One performer will win the prized black beret bearing the Word Up logo. The event has a coffeehouse atmosphere.
“This event has been popular in the past with students and also with community members. People want to be involved in the contest and want to see other perform,” Jacobs said.
Those wanting to perform should arrive at 5:30 p.m. to register. Poems and performances are judged on originality, audience engagement and performance. 
For more information, contact Jacobs at 423-585-6965 or Sherri.Jacobs@ws.edu.

In the photo: Walters State’s Word Up Club is getting ready for the Poetry Slam on Nov. 21 on the Morristown Campus. From left are Sherri Jacobs, associate professor of English, students Laura Kongchan, Laura Petry and Kaitlyn Marshall.