ASHNHA Poetry Slam Info

Introducing the ASHNHA Poetry Slam contest!

 Write a poem, following the rules below. Win Prizes and enlighten those around you with the wonder of words. Submit your poem in the following format: video, audio file, PowerPoint, or creative poster design to Lynn no later than 8/24, 5pm. Thursday August 27th, we will end our Quality Learning Collaborative session by sharing the rhyme, rhythm, and prose of our colleagues. Write your own poem or write as group. Poems will be judged by an independent panel of judges. Poems will be presented at the end of the day during Thursday’s session (as time allows). Prizes will be awarded for creativity, uniqueness, and message.

 Basic Poetry Slam Rules
  1. Each Poem must incorporate the following three words: Sticking, Gratitude and Horizon
  2. Poems may be no longer than an octave (limited to 8 lines). You can utilize your own unique style in Free Verse, or share your passion in Haiku, Rhyme, Meter or Stanzas. Fun, carefree, serious, deep, healthcare related, or not.
  3. Each poem must be of the poet’s own creation.
  4. Memorization is not required or necessary.
Some ideas for creating your work of art:
  1. Video. Video can add depth to your poems through visuals and sound. You might want to record yourself speaking your poem, or maybe act out your poem, putting a voiceover of the text in the background.
  2. Record your voice. Do you feel a little weird if you see your face on camera? (Trust us, you are not the only one!) No worries! You can still make an awesome video using your voice. Most cell phones and other electronic devices have a recording option, so you can record and upload voice files. Try experimenting with volume to make certain pointsin the poem more dramatic. You can also record other sounds to play in the background while you read. If you speak another language, you can speak in one language and have a translation in another — or even put your two languages over each other in one poem.  And why not use music and images in the background — or even animation?
  3. PowerPoint. You might be familiar with making PowerPoint presentations, but did you ever think of combining this program with your poetry? You might want to think about dedicating each slide of a PowerPoint presentation to a sentence or stanza of your poem, depending on how long it is. Then, you can add pictures to go with each part of the poem, and add effects like colors, movement and sound.
  4. Multimedia or Poster. You don’t have to stick to just one of these ideas — go crazy and combine them! Maybe you’d like to embed a video in a PowerPoint presentation.  Or use your camera to pan across one image for the duration of your poem. Create a fun poster or ad. Just remember when you’re passionate about your poems, other people are, too.
Example PowerPoint Presentation: