As April draws to a close, so does National Poetry Month: but it’s not over yet.
People gathered to celebrate the art form, with the seventh annual poetry slam known as “Boom Slam!” The teens took to the stage to share their original works for an audience, some for the first time ever. But that didn’t hold them back: the poem themes included dealing with abuse, racism, anxiety, and loss — among other ideas.
Former teen slam poet, now judge for “Boom Slam!”, knows just how difficult it can be to share those personal thoughts in front of an audience.
“I just hope they come away with the feeling that they were heard and that they can be heard and that they have things to say,” says Travis Barnes, Boom Slam! Teen Poetry Slam Judge
After three rounds of poetry, Ivy Noel took home the grand prize of $300.