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WORD UP! 2015
Student Poetry Slam

A poetry slam for Jefferson County high school students (grades 9-12) sponsored by the Birmingham Public Library and Real Life Poets. Participants write and perform an original work inspired by the theme "SURVIVE". The participants in WORD UP! will be the winners from each school's contest. Each school is responsible for holding its own contest.
Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
The Birmingham Public Library, Central, Arrington Auditorium, 2100 Park Place
Tell your teacher or school librarian that you want to compete in WORD UP! The deadline for schools to sign on to participate is February 17, 2015.  For more information, call 205-226-3670 or email

Click here to see the Guidelines for WORD UP! 2015.

Schools need to submit entry forms for their first, second, and third place winners by Friday, March 27, 2015. WORD UP! Entry Form

Poets Showcase and Workshop

Sunday, January 25, 2015
Workshop: 2:00 pm & Showcase: 3:30 pm
Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place, Arrington Auditorium

Spoken word poets from around the region will perform their original work to kick off WORD UP! 2015

Featured Poet:
Huggy Bear da Poet aka Alex Lofton

Huggy Bear will lead a poetry workshop at 2:00 pm in the fourth floor Arrington Auditorium, directly preceding the Poetry Showcase.

Registration is required. Contact or 205-226-3670 to sign up.

*Cash Prizes!*
First place is $300
Second place is $200
Third place is $150

2014 - 7th annual WORD UP! Poetry Slam Winners


Word Up! Winners. (L-R) 3rd place: Jeralyn Langford - Clay-Chalkville High School; 2nd place: Kayln Miaya Webster - Alabama School of Fine Arts; 1st place: Eboni Wallace -Tarrant High School.

WORD UP! Flyer (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

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