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Teen Poetry Slam

Spoken-Word Competition at the Dayton Metro Library

Teen poets are invited to SLAM at the Dayton Metro Library! The Teen Poetry Slam is Saturday, January 26, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Main Library, 215 E. Third Street, Dayton. The free, spoken word poetry competition features judges from Columbus Alternative High School’s Slam Poetry Team, and Amazon gift card prizes.

“This is a chance for teens to step up and own the mic on the Library’s Eichelberger Forum stage,” said Fred Kirchner, himself a poet, Teen Librarian, and co-organizer of the event. “It won’t be just a quiet little poetry reading. These kids will bring the place to life.”

The free event has spots for up to 20 teen poets, age 13-18 years old, to perform their original, spoken word poetry. Each teen should have two different poems ready to read or recite from memory.

“Each poet will have 3 minutes to read or recite an original poem in the first round, and another in the second round,” said Kirchner. “Scores from both rounds will be totaled, and the top three scores will win our Amazon gift card prizes.”

First Place wins a $100 Amazon gift card, Second Place a $50 gift card, and Third Place a $25 gift card.

Before the contest gets under way, featured guests from Columbus Alternative High School’s Slam Poetry Team will share the mic, led by Dr. Sidney Jones, English Teacher and Slam Team Coach.

“Last year these talented folks won a citywide slam for teen poets run by Columbus City Schools,” said Kirchner. “We’re excited to have them take the stage, and we’re lucky to have them serve as our judges.”

There is no advance registration. Teens who want to participate should sign up for one of the 20 available slots when they arrive at the event, which is free and open to the public. Friends and family are encouraged to cheer on their favorites.


Main Branch

215 E. Third St.
Dayton OH 45402


M, T, Th: 9:30 am - 8:30 pm
W, F: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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