will be holding a virtual event,

“Stronger Together: Poetry Slam for Racial Justice”

on Oct 24th from noon to 2:00 pm as a Facebook Live event. 


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A recording of selected participant’s poetry will be presented and a live panel of judges will critique the presentations.  The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will have a donation made in their names to local organizations focusing on racial justice issues.  Everyone wins!

To enter, create a piece of poetry in any style based one of the following themes:


- Racial Justice -

- The Black and Brown Experience (struggle or joy) -

- White Allyship -


Make a video recording of yourself. 

Do not record music under your poetry unless it is your original composition. 

Please limit your entry to 3 minutes in length.

Use the form below to submit your composition.

All poetry is welcome

- amateur to professional -

We all have a unique perspective!

Share yours!




Please do not record music under your poetry unless it is your original composition. 

Please limit your entry to 3 minutes in length.

Upload File

Thank you for your contribution!

We will be in contact with you.

POETRY Definitions and Resources:


Below are samplings of poetry styles.  More can be found at


Spoken word

A broad designation for poetry intended for performance. Though some spoken word poetry may also be published on the page, the genre has its roots in oral traditions and performance. Spoken word can encompass or contain elements of rap, hip-hop, storytelling, theater, and jazz, rock, blues, and folk music. Characterized by rhyme, repetition, improvisation, and word play, spoken word poems frequently refer to issues of social justice, politics, race, and community. Related to slam poetry, spoken word may draw on music, sound, dance, or other kinds of performance to connect with audiences


Haiku (or hokku)

A Japanese verse form most often composed, in English versions, of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.



In traditional English poetry, it is often a melancholy poem that laments its subject’s death but ends in consolation.



A 14-line poem with a variable rhyme scheme originating in Italy and brought to England by Sir Thomas Wyatt and Henry Howard, earl of Surrey in the 16th century. Literally a “little song,” the sonnet traditionally reflects upon a single sentiment, with a clarification or “turn” of thought in its concluding lines. 



A French verse form consisting of five three-line stanzas and a final quatrain, with the first and third lines of the first stanza repeating alternately in the following stanzas. These two refrain lines form the final couplet in the quatrain. See “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas, Elizabeth Bishop’s “One Art,”  and Edwin Arlington Robinson’s “The House on the Hill.”