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WORD UP! 2016
Student Poetry Slam

A poetry slam for Jefferson County high school students (grades 9-12) sponsored by the Birmingham Public Library and Real Life Poets. Participants write and perform an original work inspired by the theme "SPEAK OUT". The participants in WORD UP! will be the winners from each school's contest. Each school is responsible for holding its own contest.
Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 3 p.m.
The Birmingham Public Library, Central, Arrington Auditorium, 2100 Park Place
Tell your teacher or school librarian that you want to compete in WORD UP! The deadline for schools to sign on to participate is February 19, 2016.  For more information, call 205-226-3670 or email hm@bham.lib.al.us. Teachers and school librarians can sign up online.

Guidelines for WORD UP! 2016.

Judging Criteria/Poetry Slam Ballot

Schools need to submit entry forms for their first, second, and third place winners by Friday, March 25, 2016. WORD UP! Entry Form

Up your game by attending workshops leading up to the slam!
  •  January 30th at 2 pm led by Tina Mozelle Braziel
  •  February 27th at 2 pm led by John Paul Taylor.
Both workshops will be at the Birmingham Public Library's Central Library. Call 226-3670 or email hm@bham.lib.al.us to register.

*Cash Prizes!*
First place is $300
Second place is $200
Third place is $150

2015 - 8th annual WORD UP! Poetry Slam Winners


The 2015 WORD UP! winners. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to all of the wonderful students who participated this year. Winners left to right: Trinity Packer, Shades Valley High School (3rd place); Whitney McWilliams, Alabama School of Fine Arts (2nd place); Miaya Webster, Alabama School of Fine Arts (1st place).

WORD UP! Flyer (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

More Photographs at http://www.flickr.com/photos/bpl/tags/wordup/

More Videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/BPLonline


YouTube videos of spoken word performances:


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