“I thought the format and size was perfect. The crowd was just the right size…it wasn’t so big that we were nervous, but it wasn’t small either. Everyone got a chance to vibe off each other.”
— Godelive Sadiki, 2017 Sparky Slam winner
ASU's Sparky Slam is a valley-wide spoken word poetry contest featuring original work by students in grades 5-12. Its purpose, though, extends beyond just the thrills and rewards of competition.
The Sparky Slam welcomes young people onto an ASU campus, celebrates youth voices, and gives young artists writing support from ASU faculty and students. In 2019 a writing workshop will take place immediately before the competition.
ASU's West campus
Herberger Young Scholars Academy
Black Box Theatre
|5 p.m.||Poet sign-in (registered and waitlisted poets)|
|5- 5:45 p.m.||Workshop begins (get feedback on your poem from an ASU writing mentor) and pizza|
|5:45 p.m.||Doors open for Sparky Slam|
|6 p.m.||Sparky Slam begins|
Wendy Williams, assistant professor of English education, ASU College of Integrative Sciences and Arts (Wendy.R.Williams@asu.edu)
Sabrina Switzer-Wareing, director of theatre and special events coordinator, ASU Herberger Young Scholars' Academy (Sabrina.Switzer@asu.edu)