Teen writers included in poetry novel 'Poet-Linc: Poetry Slam'

October 16, 2013 2:34:05 PM PDT
For five weeks during the fall of 2012, a poetry slam competition was held each Wednesday evening at Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium in partnership with non-profit organizations from each of the five boroughs. The purpose was to celebrate teen writers throughout the city who express themselves eloquently through spoken word. The teens were asked to compose original poetry on the central theme, "I have a voice." The results were dazzling.

The poems were moving, playful, angry, and insightful ? and a collection of the poems has been put into a new book entitled "Poet-Linc: Poetry Slam," that officially comes out next week from London's Black Dog Publishing Ltd.

"Poet-Linc: Poetry Slam" contains more than 80 poems by the young people in the poetry slam series, as well as work from established poets who served as mentors and judges during the competitions. The five teen-focused community organizations that partnered with Lincoln Center were El Puente/Urban Word NYC (Brooklyn), Girls Write Now (Manhattan), Global Writes (Bronx), Curtis High School (Staten Island), and SAYA! (South Asian Youth Action) (Queens).

The book will be launched on Oct.17th in the Atrium with a poetry competition for the Youth Poet Laureate, and with their new partner for this year, NY Votes. Three of the top young poets who are featured in the book - Anthony Ragler, Khadjiah Johnson, and Priscilla Guo - will be performing that night.