How do you have a poetry slam when you can’t gather? You do it virtually! Just like the rest of the world, our Spoken Word program had some unexpected challenges this year. But, our poets prevailed.

For the first time, we had a combined Brooks/Julian club. The poets got to know each other and work together, even when we couldn’t be together. The poets brought their ideas and their words. Most importantly, they were honest with their feelings.

Traditionally, the end of the year poetry slam is a space for our poets to show their community who they are and how they’ve grown. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to gather this year. But, that doesn’t mean we didn’t find a way to be together. This year, our Spoken Word slam, Respecting the Mic was virtual!

We gathered submissions from students and created a video very similar to what an in-person slam would be like. Complete with the awkward host, amazing poems and of course, shout outs.  Check it out:

Thanks to our Arts Coordinator, Joel Javier. Spoken Word teaching artists Mo Santiago and Christian Robinson and our club sponsors, Miles Lee and John Colucci.