Allinya Entertainment Group and the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, 701 Main St., will present “Corner Poet’s Poetry Slam” at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Regis Versey, a former member of the Arts & Science Center board of trustees, is working with English teachers from regional high schools to develop the students’ poetry skills. Students will compete for prizes and the “I Got the Mic” trophy.
The event is free but attendees must have advance tickets. Tickets will be available at the Arts & Science Center and at Pop’s Barber Shop.
Poetry Slam started in Chicago in the 1980s and it has popularized across the country. It is a competition in which poets perform their original work and are scored on their performance and the quality of their piece. All pieces must be original and no props, costumes, or music may accompany the performance. No profanity or names may be used during the Corner Poet’s Poetry Slam.
Attendees will be interested to note that, following each performance, the audience does not clap - they snap. So, they are encouraged to practice snapping their fingers.
The center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, and is closed on Sunday. Support for ASC is provided in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Hands-on science exhibits are offered through the center’s partnership with Arkansas Discovery Network, a consortium of seven museums in Arkansas funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.