On May 26, join the Breaking Ground Poets at the Dietrich Theater as they present their annual Breaking Ground Poets Poetry Slam. In this live competition, members of the Breaking Ground Poets will perform original poetry over the course of three rounds before a panel of five judges. Performers will offer a diverse range of styles and subject matter and audiences can expect to experience heartfelt love poetry, searing social commentary, uproarious comic routines and bittersweet personal confessional pieces. Performers are asked to present to content that does not exceed a PG-13 rating. With this in mind, the event is recommended for ages 14 and up.
The festivities will be hosted by local writer, Amye Archer. Archer is known as the creator and host of the Prose in Pubs Reading series, a bi-monthly event that allows writers to read their work in a casual setting. As master of ceremonies, Archer will prepare the audience for what the Breaking Ground Poets will present and how the competition will be judged. In the past two years the Breaking Ground Poets have made themselves a prominent group in the local literary community and performers will utilize their creativity, writing and performance skills in hopes of gaining the glory of winning the slam.
The Breaking Ground Poets is headed by Tunkhannock High School teacher, Katie Wisnosky. Each new school year brings new writers including Tunkhannock students and youth from the community, as well as new goals and challenges. This year the group is focusing on the promotion of creative writing, public speaking, emotional literacy and civic engagement within the youth writing communities of NEPA. The Breaking Ground Poets believe that they can build a stronger generation of readers, writers and thinkers through storytelling and positive reinforcement. That means that this slam isn’t just about the poets, it’s about the support and encouragement that the audience will supply by coming to witness some amazing performances. A poetry slam is a celebration of the art of oral interpretation and performance and this event will emphasize interaction between the poets and the audience. And audiences can expect high quality work. The slam will adhere to standards based on national competitions. Poets will have roughly three minutes per poem, and each performance will be scored by a panel of five judges. Performers will be penalized and will receive point-deductions if they go over time or present work that exceeds a PG-13 rating. Deductions will also be given to poets who supplement their performances with costumes, props or music. The poets will be armed with only their words, voices and presentation skills as their equipment.
The Breaking Ground Poets Slam will be held May 26 from 5 to 8 p.m. Doors will open for seating at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Performers will present original works only. For more information on the Breaking Ground Poets, visit their Facebook page. For more information about the slam, call the Dietrich at 570.996.1500.