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WORD UP! 2014
Student Poetry Slam

High school students (grades 9-12) in Jefferson County are invited to celebrate their voices through a poetry slam. The students will write and perform an original work inspired by the theme "Community." The participants in WORD UP! will be winners from each school's contest.  WORD UP! is sponsored by the public libraries of Jefferson County.
Sunday, April 6, 2014 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 PARTICIPATE!  For more information, call 205-226-3670 or email

Click here to see the Guidelines for WORD UP! 2014.

The deadline for schools to sign on to participate is February 15, 2014. Each participating school will hold its own contest and select a first, second, and third place winner and submit a WORD UP! entry form for the top three winners by March 15, 2014.  WORD UP! Entry Form

*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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