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Youth Poetry Events in Metropolitan Tulsa

Spoken Word of Tulsa would like to thank all the great participants, as well as the audience and everyone involved in the WORD series of poetry slams this spring 2002.

We'd especially like to thank all of the individuals and organizations who helped make our first annual youth spoken word events such a success (including the Thunderbird Acadamy, the Nightengale Theatre and the Greenwood Cultural Center)

Elizabeth Bear, a recent graduate of Owasso High School took first place in the first annual Metropolitan Youth Poetry Slam, held at the Nightengale Theatre - May 20, 2002.

Elizabeth now is attending the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain, and will be attending OSU in the fall.

Mama Trizza herself (of Mama Trizza's Pottery Shop) created this one-of-a-kind silver, copper and crystal trophy, presented to Elizabeth in May.



Be on the lookout on the site for more WORD events in September. Right now, we are currently in the planning stages for a special youth spoken word event(s) in conjuntion with the Oklahoma Speech and Hearing Asssociation, Tulsa Parks presenting spoken word and music in honor of National Hearing awareness week - the last week in September.

One of our goals with this event(s) is to involve the non-hearing community by translating performance pieces into ASL (American Sign Language), and sign-language poetry into English.




Who can take part?
Any youth from Middle School to 21 years of age.


How can you join?
You can join through your school, church, after school program or as an individual.

You must write and perform your own poetry/spoken word, limited to a maximum of a 3-minute performance time. You must submit a minimum of six (6) seperate pieces for competition.


Where will you be performing?

You will perform in preliminary competitions through the organization with whom you signed up, except for individuals. separate competitions will be held for individuals at a venue to be announced at a later time.
Preliminary competitions to be held in late March or early April, 2002.
F inal competitions and supporting non-competitive events will be held during the last two weeks of April, for National Poetry Month and National Speech and Hearing Month.


Are there specific organizations and venues involved?

Yes. These are the organizations and groups who have already agreed to support this project:

Spoken Word of Tulsa (SWOT)
Oklahoma Arts Council
Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa
Diana Higgins - Tulsa Speech and Hearing Association (TSHA)
Betty Perkins - Tulsa Parks, "Yappy Trails" project
Thomas Conner - Tulsa World newspaper
Guillermo Rojas - La Semana del Sur newspaper
Julia Lindsey - Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa, East Tulsa Prevention Coalition
Francine Ringold - Nimrod International Journal, Universtiy of Tulsa

Joy Whittman - Booker T. Washington High School
Jan Hallford - Whitney Middle School
Travis Brandenberger - Coweta High School
Tyrone Wilkerson and Nancy Christie - Carver Middle School
E. Joanne Saucier - National PTA, North Intermediate High School, Broken Arrow, "Reflections 2002" program

Elaine Burkhardt - public relations
Clayton Scott - minister and poet, Northwest Arkansas Area Youth Poetry Project
All Souls Unitarian Church
Steve Liggett - Living Arts of Tulsa
Leonard Krisman - Mama Trizza's Pottery Shop
Tammy Garcia -
Union Alternative School


What will be your reward for participating?

  • You will learn to love the word.

  • You will learn to love to perform.

  • You will receive direction and hone your skills as a writer & performer

  • You will meet and associate with other artistically talented kids


Projected prizes include:

  • Recording a cd of top talent participating

  • Establishing more ongoing performance venues in metropollitan Tulsa for talent in the under 21 age group

  • Publishing a "chap book" of representative work from the project members

  • Possible scholarships for individuals and their organizations

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