Poetry Slam

The Slam is the culminating event of Boston Scores’ fall Power of Poetry season for our 16 Elementary School teams.

More than 450 third, fourth and fifth grade students hone their team performances throughout the fall while learning different ways to express themselves through creative writing. At Slam, the students perform their compositions – as a team – in front of a packed house of 500 cheering supporters at Dorchester’s historic Strand Theatre.

The theme of last years’ Slam performances was COLOR

2019 School Superlatives:

  • Command of Stage: Kenny Elementary School
  • Outstanding Delivery: Mather Elementary School
  • Outstanding Writing: John F. Kennedy Elementary & Patrick J. Kennedy Elementary Schools
  • Outstanding Ensembles: Mario Umana Academy & Kenny Elementary School 
  • Outstanding Performance: Sumner Elementary School
  • Fair Play Award: O’Donnell Elementary Boys Team*

*The Fair Play Award is presented at Slam to the team that accumulated the most Fair Play points during the fall soccer season.

Poets’ Banquet

2020 Poets’ Banquet

While Poetry Slam is a team performance, Writing Coaches at every Scores partner school also select two students each year to perform an individual poem at our annual winter Poets’ Banquet. 

This special reading is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of 32 emerging writers and performers selected for their commitment, enthusiasm and love of poetry.

Students participate in one-on-one workshops with a dedicated writing coach over two months to prepare a single composition for performance at the Banquet.

Following our local Poets’ Banquet in 2020, several students will be invited to perform at the America SCORES regional Poetry Slam in New York City (February 2020) and national Poetry Slam in Washington D.C. (spring 2020). One student will also be selected as Boston’s local Poet-of-the-Year for the 2019-20 Power of Poetry season.

Boston Scores Poetry Slam 2019
Boston Scores Slam Poet 2019

Congratulations to 2020 Poet-of-the-Year Jendayi B. of the Mather School

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