Jan 142018

Experience a teen poetry slam!

Judges needed! Training included!



THE OPPORTUNITY: Attend Slamming The Sun Down as an audience member (come and go at anytime between 10:30am & 3pm) or as a ‘judge’ (9:30am-12:00pm or 3 pm)! Email sphillips@twaap.org to sign up!

Slamming The Sun Down is Sat. 1/20/18 
Bartlett High School
701 W Schick Rd, Bartlett, IL 60103
Park and enter at the front entrance of the school. Someone inside will give you directions to the auditorium.

Cost to attend: $5 (or $10 if you want lunch)
Cost for judges: Free, lunch included,
but please pay admission or donate* if you can!
For last-minute issues, text/call Diana Zwinak 630-677-8735

Hosts: Adam GottliebCorey Davis Dillard and T-WAAP Teaching Artists. STSD is produced by Teen Writers and Artists Project, Diana Zwinak, Artistic Director, and Shayne Morgan Phillips, Executive Director.

9:00 – 9:45 am Student Check-in & Ice Breaker Activities
9:30: Check in time for the judges!
9:45 – 10:15: Opening Ceremonies
10:15-10:30: Training for the judges!
10:30-11:30: Preliminary bouts. Judges will be assigned to one bout.
11:30-12 Pizza Included for judges. Or bring your own lunch.
12:15-1:00 Breakout workshops—free for judges
1-1:30 Sharing of work written in the workshops
1:45-2:45 Finals for winners of a.m. bouts
We only need 5 judges for the finals, but you may want to stay to hear the winners of your bout compete!

Email sphillips@twaap.org to sign up or ask questions, then visit Slamming The Sun Down on Facebook, and click Going or Interested!

You don’t have to be a spoken word poet, or a poet, or even a writer to be a ‘judge’. What qualifies you is an open heart and an interest in writing and/or young people and how the see they world they are inheriting and trying to negotiate. For the past 4 years we’ve offered the opportunity to be a ‘judge’ at Slamming The Sun Down, the T-WAAP-sponsored spoken word poetry competitions where “The points are not the point; the poetry is the point!” However, a competitive aspect makes it more compelling, so judges get to assign points anyway—after a full 15 minutes of training. Training goes like this:

There are 5 judges in each of the two Preliminary Bouts from 10:30-11:30. The 5 of you will hear all poets assigned to that room. (This includes individual poets, teams where several members perform together, and Independent poets who have come alone and are not part of a team.) You will have a whiteboard and a marker, and will give each poet a score between 1 and 10. The poets don’t see what you write down, but the host sees all 5 scores, ignores the highest and the lowest, then awards the poet the average of the remaining 3 scores.

Before the bout begins, your host will give you some instruction on scoring. Usually numbers below 7 aren’t even used and the scoring is really done between 8 and 10. So an 8.1 is a poem you aren’t very impressed with, or maybe the poet forgot it and couldn’t recover. An 8.8 is pretty good, 9 is good, and then each degree above that is another degree of excellence. Score on your overall impression of the poem and its performance. It isn’t very scientific or fair, but do your best, and just enjoy.

There is also a SAC (sacrificial) Poet who goes first to help the judges “calibrate”. This poet will not be from any of the teams competing in that bout. You listen to the poem, then score the SAC Poet. That will give you a chance to see if your score is wildly different than the other judges’ scores. Once that calibration is finished, the bout will begin.

Again, email sphillips@twaap.org to sign up or ask questions, then visit Slamming The Sun Down on Facebook, and click Going or Interested! Thank you again for judging!
If you’d like to donate to T-WAAP, contact sphillips@twaap.org, visit Guidestar or designate Teen Writers and Artists Project as your charity on Smile.Amazon.com.


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