Poetry slam event returns with 'No Place 4 Hate'

Poetry slam event returns with 'No Place 4 Hate'

The second annual ‘No Place 4 Hate’ poetry slam took place on Thursday at Cy Springs, as students and staff read poems in the performance gym during all English periods. This year, the event added some new elements and themes.

Junior Deavion Williams delivers a poem ‘Brown-Sugar Queen.’(Alissay Parra)

Junior Deavion Williams delivers a poem ‘Brown-Sugar Queen.’(Alissay Parra)

“We incorporated the teachers as well as the step team, and have a diversity of poems on different stories of student’s life, and different aspects on being bullied, social justice and their coming of age story is a powerful message to share with the rest of the Panthers,” said English department chair Shannon Gatlin.

Junior Deavion Williams was one of many participants, and her poem “Brown-Sugar Queen” was one of the most-well received performances.

“Being in poetry slam is amazing,” said Williams. “It was like everyone really understood and related to our poems, so it felt good to share them.”

-Journalism News Services

All photos by Alissay Parra

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