Libraries Invite Public To Watch Live-Streamed Poetry Slam For Teens Online

Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) is hosting an online Poetry Slam Competition for teens and young adults on Saturday, May 8, at 2:00 pm. The theme for the live-streamed performance-poetry competition is “Dare to Hope.”

Anyone who enjoys poetry is invited to watch the competition, which will take place online. Reservations are required to view the event; a link to the Webex session will be sent to all spectators who register on the online calendar of FBCL’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us).

Students 14 to 20 years of age were invited to submit entries on the FBCL website by May 3. They will compete for prizes in this performance-poetry event by reading original works they have created themselves.

To participate in the competition, contestants submitted copies of three original poems they wish to read for the competition. One poem will be read for each round to which the participant advances.

There will be two qualifying rounds and one final round. A panel of five judges will determine which competitors advance to the second round and the final round.

Judging will be based on language, idea, theme, tone, mood, vocal strength, emotion, body/facial movement, and fluency.

Each poem must be limited to no longer than 3 minutes and 10 seconds in length. Poets may read from a copy of their poem, but they may not use props, costumes, or musical instruments.

Poems must be family friendly and may not include any profanity or sexually explicit content. Poems containing incendiary, offensive, discriminatory, or inflammatory language will be disqualified.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three competitors.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Fort Bend County Libraries, the Poetry Slam is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.