ASU Sparky Slam

ASU Sparky Slam will be held at ASU's West campus Feb 3 2018

Arizona State University’s Sparky Slam is a valley-wide spoken word poetry contest featuring original work by students in grades 5–12.

The purpose of the Sparky Slam is to welcome young people onto a college campus, celebrate youth voices and provide young artists with writing support from ASU faculty and students. This year, a writing workshop for the youth performers will take place right before the slam. ASU students will work with these performing poets in small groups to offer encouragement and advice. Pizza will be provided for youth at this workshop. 

The 6 p.m. event will be emceed by spoken word artist Tomas Stanton of Phonetic Spit.

Poets in grades 5-12 who wish to perform in the Sparky Slam and participate in the pre-event workshop must pre-register, and they should do so as soon as possible to guarantee their spot.

Schedule of events:

4:45 p.m.
Youth performers and writing mentors check-in 

5 p.m.
Writing workshop for youth performers and writing mentors (includes pizza)

5:40 p.m.
Mic check 

5:50 p.m.
Doors open to the public 

6 p.m.
Sparky Slam begins 


ASU's Sparky Slam is sponsored by the Herberger Young Scholars Academy of ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and by ASU's College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.

College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Wendy R. Williams, assistant professor of English education
Youth check-in at 4:45 p.m., writing workshop at 5 p.m., Sparky Slam begins at 6 p.m.
Herberger Young Scholars Academy, Black Box Theatre
West campus

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