NYC Students Share Their Work at Teaching Matters’ Poetry Slam

6-10-15 - Noted Poets Featured

Poetry Event 2015-238
Poetry Event 2015-238

About 200 students from schools in Queens, the Bronx, and Brooklyn came together at Baruch College for Teaching Matters’ annual poetry slam, the culminating event for participants in Teaching Matters’ “Writing Matters” curriculum and a showcase for other interested students as well.

At the noon gathering that capped the half-day event, poet and Mistress of Ceremonies Felice Belle introduced poet Carlos Andrés Gómez, who shared two powerful pieces with the audience.

These student finalists read their work to the full assembly:

  • Mhoreen Lumose, MS381 (Brooklyn), “Courage”
  • Jordynn Enniss, IS381 (Brooklyn), “Black Girl”
  • Ashley Williams, Madiba Prep Middle School (Brooklyn), “SOS”
  • Nikola Catlak, MS217 (Queens), “Regards”
  • Gregory Lugo, New World Preparatory Charter School (Bronx), “Life as We Know It”

Poems ran the gamut, with deeply personal writing about taking risks, race, violence and authority, the redemptive power of writing, and false separations based on surface differences. 

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