DTHS students land placement on poetry finals stage

Leslie D. Rose @Editor_Citizen

On Saturday, May 7,the area’s top-ranking youth poetry slam teams and individuals will compete for the chance to become slam champions at the ALL CITY Teen Poetry Slam Festival. This year that roster includes one indie poets from Ascension – Jolie Gilbert – as well as the Dutchtown High School poetry slam team.

A slam is an Olympic-style poetry competition founded in the 1980’s, where poets are judged on the written and performance merit of original compositions. Along with the prospect of becoming the winning team, six youth poets will further garner the opportunity to go on to represent Baton Rouge at the annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam, this July in Washington, D.C.

Dutchtown High poets will compete with two teams from Baton Rouge Magnet High School and one team from McKinley High School. Bourgeois and Gilbert are of eight competing indie poets, not representing a competing team this year – both are past members of Dutchtown High School’s poetry slam team, as recent as 2015.

The ALL CITY Teen Poetry Slam Festival Grand Slam Finals will take place at LSU Shaver Theatre on May 7 at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com.