Walters State Community College invites area residents to participate in an open mic afternoon and the annual Slam Jam Poetry Contest this fall. Both are hosted by Word Up, the college’s English Club. The Club creates a coffee house atmosphere in the lobby of the Judge William H. Inman Humanities Complex on the Morristown campus.
The Spooky Open Mic Coffee House will be October 30 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Share your own scary poems and tales of terror, or just enjoy those shared by others. The event is free.
The club’s Fifth Annual Slam Jam Poetry Contest will be Nov. 25 from 6-9 p.m. This event is also free with cash prizes offered to the winners. Past events have drawn close to 100 spectators and provided a free night of entertainment ranging from serious to hilarious.
Slam Jam poetry is performance poetry, according to Sherri Jacobs, associate professor of English. She explained that slam jam poetry often involves poetry, beats and jazz. The event has grown to include dramatic readings. “Slamming” poetry brings a poem to life for an audience.
“The reader is actually performing the poem as opposed to just reading it,” Jacobs said.
Poetry does not have to be original, but original work may gain extra points in the judging process. Poetry performed should be appropriate for all audiences, as children and teens have not only attended previous competitions; they have won awards. Any performance should also respect the diversity the diversity of Walters State.
No advance reservation or entry fee is needed for either event. Word Up will be offering a variety of coffee, tea and snacks with donations appreciated. For more information, contact Jacobs at (423) 585-6965.