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Thursday, July 8, 2010

2010 Lowell Youth Slam Team

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The 2010 Lowell Youth Slam Team

FreeVerse!, at The Revolving Museum, engages youth ages 13-19 years old, in the art of spoken word and poetry. Students beging by conversing with mentors about their lives, their concerns and social issues. Then they are coached in writing, editing, recitation & public speaking, critique, theatrical techniques and performance. Those that choose to then compete in poetry "slams". This year four participants in the program qualified to represent the 2010 Lowell Youth Slam Team at the national competition, Brave New Voices. This is an appeal to help us send them to Los Angeles to represent Lowell.

The Brave New Voices Festival - 13th Annual International Youth Poetry Slam Festival
Convening the top young poets and spoken word artists, aged 13-19, from across the United States and beyond, Brave New Voices is a one-of-a-kind festival that truly engages everyone involved. This year, the six-day festival will be held in Los Angeles.
To meet the challenge of helping teens find their voice, Youth Speaks empowers young people to become the next generation of thinkers, writers, and leaders. "we give youth the chance to stand up, speak, and be heard." http://www.bravenewvoices.org/

On March 26, 2010, competition finals were held to qualify a team to represent Lowell. They are Ricky Orng, Sophy Sam, Ben Militello, and Emma Beauchamp. Most recently they performed at the Mill City Slam held at Brew'd Awakenings in downtown Lowell (pictured here.)

The 2010 Lowell Youth Slam Team
The 2010 Lowell Youth Slam Team with FreeVerse! Co-founder and coach Anthony Febo, at left, performing at the Brew'd Awakening Open Mic and Slam.
Sophy Sam reading from Words for Your Pocket at the Brew'd Awakenings/Mill City Slam.
Sophy Sam reading from Words for Your Pocket at the Brew'd Awakenings/Mill City Slam.

A collection of the FreeVerse! team's poems is now published in a chapbook entitled Words for Your Pocket, from Sargent Press.

We have also launched a FreeVerse! video channel on YouTube. The first set of eight videos highlight the winning performances at the qualifying competition. http://www.youtube/freeverseword/

FreeVerse! T-Shirts, chapbooks, and CDs will be on sale this Saturday and shortly online.
FreeVerse! T-Shirts, chapbooks, and CDs will be on sale this Saturday and shortly online.

Here's where you can help. FreeVerse! is holding a BIG fundraiser this week.

They will perform this Saturday, July 10, 2PM, at Harmony Park (the link goes to the Friends of Harmony Park Facebook Group). As you may know, the Revolving Museum has completed a two year adoption period of the park bringing sculpture, mosaics, plantings and performance. We are delighted that FreeVerse! will kick off the first summertime performance of the year. You can let us know if you can attend on the event page in Facebook "Lowell Youth Slam Team BIG fundraiser at Harmony Park."

Perhaps you might like to volunteer to help at the event. If so please contact FreeVerse! co-founder and coach masada.jones@gmail.com.

Would you consider making a donation? We are raising funds to subsidize the team's travel expenses to the Brave New Voices event in Los Angeles. Please donate now on our secure Network for Good site. Enter FreeVerse! in the designation box.


FreeVerse! Co-Founders Masada Jones, Joey Banh, and Anthony Febo.
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