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Poetry Slam- The Language of Trees

Saturday April 23 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


In celebration of Earth Month and in partnership with the Powell River Historical Museum and Archives and hosted by Amira Abouelalla from jehjeh Media — this SLAM’s theme is the Language of Trees.

To compete: Bring THREE poems that surround the theme of trees and forestry. All regular SLAM rules apply, particularly a THREE-minute limit per poem.

SLAM is a spoken word competition where the brave, bright and loud get on stage to share their words in front of a hollering, cheering, supportive crowd. At the end of the afternoon a poet is selected as the reigning word warrior and immortalized in name on the one and only SLAM medallion. The top poets go home with prizes. There are prizes for runners up AND door prizes for audience members! Come to hear poetry or to SLAM!

All ages are welcome, all skill levels are encouraged. Come compete or come enjoy. Everyone is welcome. Be there!

Details for competing performers: A SLAM is carried out in a series of rounds. How many rounds we have will depend on how many people participate up to a maximum of 12 poets. If you want to perform, have at least three poems ready that are under three minutes each. You are docked points over three minutes. Poems do NOT have to be memorized, but it is encouraged.

So get writing!

or you can register at the door.

Amira Abouelalla is this year’s Slam Emcee!

Amira is from Toronto, Ontario where she was born and raised until the age of 12. That same year, she moved to Egypt with her family where she lived and went to school for 5 years. Living in Egypt, Amira was able to learn and speak her father-tongue– Arabic– and reconnect with her Egyptian culture. Amira is also Ojibway from Keeseekoowenin First Nations in Manitoba and has Black ancestry from Nova scotia.

Amira studied at York University where she received her bachelor’s degree with honours in English and a bachelor of education. Amira’s goal has always been to work in education to change, understand, and prevent further injustices against Indigenous Peoples in Canada.

Poetry is something that has always resonated with Amira. She expresses, “it’s how I see and move through the world.” Amira has performed spoken word at open mic nights in Toronto, but this will be her first SLAM event and a first as an emcee.

In addition to reading and writing poetry, Amira also enjoys travelling, reading classic literature, kayaking, and cycling.

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Saturday April 23
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Mel Edgar, Teen Services Coordinator