Woodrow Wilson High School Poetry Club”-Washington, DC

Organizer: Woodrow Wilson High School Poetry Club” (Pamela Gardner-sponsor)

Contact: wwilsonlms@yahoo.com

“There are two ways to worry words. One is hoping for the greatest possible beauty in what is created. The other is to tell the truth. ” – June Jordan

Woodrow Wilson Poetry Club’s

youth voices: a 100 Thousand Poets for Change event



Below you will find information about this event, the greater experience of which we will be a part (100 Thousand Poets for Change), and of course, us, the Wilson High School Poetry Club.

THE EVENT – youth voices

We have so many gifted youth poets, in the Washington metropolitan area, who clearly communicate their truth; their understanding of, or experience, within the emotional/environmental/societal ills that adversely impact their lives. They talk of barriers that break them down or propel them forward. They speak of the change they’d like to see. This is the perfect opportunity to give them the stage that their voices be heard. That the change their world needs may come…

WHEN: Saturday, September 29, 2012

WHERE: Woodrow Wilson High School  3950 Chesapeake St., N Washington, DC                  (1 block from Metro Red line – Tenleytown/AU station)

TIME:         9 – 9:30am – Poet Check-In   10 am to Noon – Event

LOGISTICS:  9am- Student poets should arrive at Wilson High School to sign in, turn in permission forms and get their performance order. Registration will end at 9:45.

10 am to Noon –  The performance will begin promptly at 10 am.  Then, for the next 2 (possibly 2.5) hours, our program will take place on a small, low-rise stage in front of the school. Each poet will have a maximum of 3 minutes to share their poem.

We are scheduled to have a few food trucks vending in the school’s driveway for your refreshment needs.


DC Youth Poetry Slam Team (May 2012 Performance at Kennedy Center)


The Wilson High School Poetry Club is a student organization of Woodrow Wilson High School, a DC Public School. It was founded in January of 2012 through our library media program and is open to all students.  Media specialist, Pamela Gardner, is our sponsor.

Our purpose is twofold:

  1. To nurture and strengthen our poetry writing and performance skills
  2. To use our poetic voices to build community.

To that end, we:

  • meet weekly with a poetry coach/ nationally recognized slam poet, George Yamazawa (of Split This Rock – a 501c3 poetry organization)
  • sponsor monthly open mics during STEP (lunch)
  • perform at school and community events
  • sponsor and/or participate in friendly slam competitions  or open mics with other youth poetry organizations

Each winter, we select 4 to 6 members to represent us and our school in the “Louder Than A Bomb DMV” slam poetry competition. Last year, we placed 1st in that competition.

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