MPitS    Poetry Slams

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
4pm, The Arena Theater, Point Arena, CA

Once again, a hearty thank you to all who came out in support of youth poetry today!  Extra thanks go to the Arena Theater, Lelia Carpenter and Rufus Savage-Friedman (for lights, sound & pretty much everything else!), the Arena Market and Cafe & Surf Supermarket for the great snacks, our judges Lisa Riboli, Margaret Grace, Kit Bliss Jones and Lauren Sinnott, and all the youth, teachers and administrators who make this project happen.  

It was a smaller crowd than usual, yet the Pacific Community Charter School and Developing Virtue Girls School certainly made up for it with the mighty words and genuine expressions of our youth slam poets and Poetry Out Loud participants!  Great work everyone.  

We started the event with a PCCHS Slam-off, and after three rounds of three poems, the scores were very close, with the following results:

Jaren Hodder, 81.5
Levi Teal Roach, 81 (earning a perfect score for his last poem, as all three judges awarded him a perfect score for his final poem)
Aurora Smith, 80.5
Sadie Hanson, 80
Kadence Beattie, 79
Aiyana Robinson, 79

Next was the Poetry Out Loud county finals, which included Charlie Mitchell of Pacific Community Charter High School, as well as Moniques Nguyen and Sola Long of Developing Virtue Girls School in Talmage, and Frankie Turlow of Point Arena High School. Our winner was Moniques Nguyen of DVGS, who recited The Obligation to Be Happy, by Linda Pastan and Broken Promises by David Kirby.  She will advance to the statewide finals organized by the California Arts Council, which will take place March 10-11 in Sacramento. 

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for our all schools, countywide slam scheduled for 4pm on Tuesday, April 30th at Matheson Performing Arts Center in Mendocino. 

The Coastal Slam / Poetry Out Loud event was sponsored by the Mendocino County Office of Education, Arts Council of Mendocino County, California Poets in the Schools, the California Arts Council and the National Endowment of the Arts with the generous support of the Arena Theater, Surf Supermarket & the Arena Market & Cafe. 

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Poetry Out Loud Winner Moniques Nguyen with (from right) Charlie Mitchell, Sola Long & Frankie Turlow.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
4:00pm at the Matheson Performing Arts Center, Mendocino High School, Mendocino, CA

On Tuesday, April 30at the Mendocino High School Matheson Performing Arts Center (MHS Campus, Ford Street, off Little Lake Rd, Mendocino), high school poets from Mendocino, Point Arena, Ukiah, and Fort Bragg will share their original poetry at the 19th annual MCOE/CPITS Countywide High School Poetry Slam.   The event will be judged by local poets, with content, performic ability, and audience response influencing their decision. The slam is sponsored by the Mendocino County Office of Education and California Poets in the Schools, with support from MHS, MCCHS, PAHS, PCCHS & UHS                                                                                                                                                                                     

Thank you to all the judges, coaches, administrators, students and audience who came out to listen and read and inspire!

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