Students Perform Original Poetry at Youth Poetry Jams

Congratulations to our finest middle school poets who wowed the city at last night’s Youth Poetry Jam at Co-op High School. Last night’s jam featured original poetry from students at Fair Haven and Columbus schools.
On Friday, April 25, the THE WORD Youth Poetry Jam will expand for the first time as a citywide showcase for high school poets, in partnership with The Future Project of New Haven. Coordinated by Wilbur Cross senior Alec Rice and Wilbur Cross Future Project director Frank Brady, the April 25 event will feature the original poetry and performances of New Haven public high school students and music by DJ Alkatrax.  The event will take place at 6:00 p.m. at Wilbur Cross High School Auditorium, with doors opening at 5:30, and costs $5 for adults and $3 for students.
 Click here for the flier for Friday's event.

The Institute Library launched The Word in January 2013 to enhance poetry education in New Haven public school classrooms. Directed by award-winning hip-hop poet, playwright, and educator Aaron Jafferis, the program is intended to help close Connecticut's achievement gap in education and energize our city's youth through the power of poetic expression. Building on the experiences of its teaching artists and origins of its host institution, the Institute Library, The Word has helped students learn to read, critique, write, and perform poetry in a variety of traditional and nontraditional forms, from Japanese haiku and Elizabethan sonnets to intricate hip-hop poems.  The library thanks its partners at New Haven Public Schools Department of Performing and Visual Arts and The Future Project and its generous sponsors, Seedlings Foundation, NewAlliance Foundation, and Connecticut Humanities.
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