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Please “Like” a Fellow Cardinal

20 May

Help senior Annika Hansteen Izora win a college scholarship and the chance to open for award winning slam poet Daniel Beaty at the 2013 National Forensic League Championships. Click the link below to like her slam poem on Youtube to increase her chances of winning the 2013 Forensic League Spoken Word Competition and advance her to finals. Share the link with friends and family through facebook, youtube, or twitter to spread the word.


Congrats Lincoln Slam Finalists!

15 Apr

poetry slam

On April 10th, a Poetry Slam was held here at LHS in order to determine which students will compete on April 30th at the Wonder Ballroom.

Congratulations to our talented Cards!!

Finalists: 1st   McKinley Rodriguez  11, 2nd  Mai O’Neill  9, 3rd  Sage Smiley 11

LHS Poetry Slam – Today at 3:30p

10 Apr

poetry slam

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 3:30 p.m., in Room 169


·          Welcome,  Rules & Practice Scoring

·         Slam Performers

·         Announcement  of Winners


Annika Hansteen Izora

Sage Smiley

Mai O’Neill

Scarlet-Frances Alonzo

McKinley Rodriguez

Tricia Wolfe


Slam Judges

Lavell Wood – is a K-5 Special Education Teacher at Vestal K-8 School.   He oversaw the Spoken Word Poetry Club at Lincoln three years ago and loves and admires students who perform their words.                                                                                                                                                                   

Sara Ryan – is a Multnomah County Library’s Teen Services Specialist who recently won an Oregon Book Award in the young adult fiction category for The Rules for Hearts.  Sarah also collaborates on short comics and judged at last year’s Verselandia Slam.           .                                                           

Sara Sutter – is an award-winning poet and writing teacher.  She holds a BA from University of Scranton as well as an MFA in Poetry from Portland State University.  Sara has managed the poetry blog, served as outreach coordinator and evaluated poetry submissions for print editions of The Portland Review.

The top three performers at our slam will advance to the  All PPS High School Verselandia Poetry Slam on April 30th  from 5 to 8:30 pm at Wonder Ballroom  where slam finalists from each PPS high school will compete for big prizes.


Come out & support your fellow talented Cards!

Verselandia TONIGHT!

25 Apr

Come support your LHS Poetry Slammers TONIGHT!

Verselandia 2012!–Portland’s First All City High School Poetry Slam,–starts at 5:00pm on April 25th at the Mission Theatre.

The MC is slam national champion  Anis Mojgani. Competitors are selected from the high school slam semi finals, hosted by PPS Librarians (CHECK OUT THE WHO PAGE TO SEE FINALISTS’ NAMES!)   Verselandia’s 2012 Slam Champion will be chosen by local celebrity judges. The event is produced by Portland Literary Arts and sponsored byPortland Monthly and  the Paul G. Allen Foundation.

Support Your Lincoln Poetry Slammers

17 Apr

Come support your Lincoln Poetry Slammers AND see a live performance of Galexy!

Thursday, April 19th, 7pm

Literary Arts

925 SW Washington Street

FREE admission & FREE refershments!

Slam Poetry/Poetry Slam

6 Apr

Since Verselandia is fast approaching, I thought it a good idea to provide some links & information about poetry slams.

How it All Started:

Marc Smith (So What!) is creator/founder of the Poetry Slam movement. As stated in the PBS television series, The United States of Poetry, a “strand of new poetry began at Chicago’s Green Mill Tavern in 1987 when Marc Smith found a home for the Poetry Slam.” Since then, per­formance poetry has spread throughout the world exported to over 300 cities large and small.”

Links & Resources:

Poetry Slam

— “The mission of Poetry Slam Incorporated (PSI) is to promote the performance and creation of poetry while cultivating literary activities and spoken word events in order to build audience participation, stimulate creativity, awaken minds, foster education, inspire mentoring, encourage artistic statement and engage communities worldwide in the revelry of language.”

An Incomplete History of Slam

Portland Poetry Slam (facebook)

Def Poetry Jam

The Poets:

10 Most Amazing Slam Poets on YouTube

— “There’s something about hearing a poem being performed that feels like listening to music: the delivery, pitch, and rhythm are tailored to create just the right reaction and hit you in a very specific way. Whether they’re talking about their first love, worst job, or unbelievable college experience, these slam poets use language and voice like no one else you’ve ever heard. Give them a listen at this link.”


— There are over 60,000 videos related to slam poetry so you’re bound to find someone you like.

Suheir Hammad

— Okay, this is completely subjective and I’m pushing my own personal favorite here. That being said, give her a listen & I bet you’ll find her as amazing as I do. Should you find yourself liking her, check out her written work too.

Who’s your favorite slam poet? Your favorite slam poem?

Don’t forget – Verselandia auditions are being held next Thursday after school in the Library! Come & get your poetry on!!

Verslandia Poetry Slam Auditions TODAY

5 Apr

Verselandia 2012! is the 1st PPS city-wide all high school poetry slam presented by Portland Literary Arts and hosted by the PPS high school library media specialists.

You get TWO chances to audition and guess what? One of those chances is today, April 5th, after school in the library.


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