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B-CU School of Performing Arts and Communication Announce Poetry Series Winners


Poetry Series Announces Winners

The standing room only, sold-out crowd at the Richard V. Moore Community Black Box Theatre entertained, enlightened, and inspired event goers. That night, the first poetry slam of the fall 2017 semester identified three new winners of the 2nd annual “I’m Jus Sayin’” poetry series. The theme for the evening was “Evils of Racism.”

“The first event of the fall was a huge success,” said Julius John, Director of Theatre. “Our students shared their amazing talents once again,” said Jason Hood, series coordinator. Six students performed their own original poetry: Naya Chester, Sam Francois, Tyonna Gray, Nia McConico, Kerly Smith, and Tavarshe’a Williams. 

The three poets selected to advance to the final competition included: Tavarshe’a Williams, Nia McConico, and Tyonna Gray. Judges included: Dr. Paula McKenzie, Associate Professor of Communication in the Department of Communication Studies, Theatre and Dance, and Dr. David Axelrod, Director of the Creative Happiness Institute.

“I’m Jus Sayin’” is designed in partnership with Volusia County Poet Laureate Young Poets Mentoring Program and Creative Happiness Institute. Dr. David Axelrod, director of the institute, provided the monetary awards to the winning student poets. He offers students the opportunity to publish their writings, as well as practice performing through a variety of workshops created to enhance their talents and skills. 

The next poetry series is scheduled for November 16, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. in the Black Box Theatre. “I’m Jus Sayin’” is a poetry series sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies, Theatre and Dance, which is housed in the School of Performing Arts and Communication. Julius John, Associate Professor of Theatre, is the Director of Theatre; Jason Hood is the creator of the series.  

For more information, contact Jason Hood, or 386-481-2386.

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