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Slam Poets Wow at Spoken Harvest

November 8, 2017

Mariama opens the show with her original spoken word poem.
Mariama opens the show with her original spoken word poem.

Mariama opens the show with her original spoken word poem.

Six young poets from 826 Boston Writers’ Rooms at two Boston public schools–the Boston Teachers Union School and the John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science–performed original spoken word pieces for an audience at Brookline Booksmith on Friday, November 3.

Their performances were followed by a Q-and-A session with Writers’ Room Manager Nakia Hill. The students spoke about their inspiration, where they draw the courage to perform personal work in front of an audience, and where they imagine writing will take them in their lives.

Mariama (pictured above), a senior at the John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Science and a member of the 826 Boston Slam Poetry Team, had this to say about her experience with the O’Bryant Writers’ Room:

“I was really intrigued by the idea that there was a place just for writers specifically….If there’s ever a place you need to go think through your thoughts, it’s going to be the Writers’ Room because there are people there to help you and other creatives. It’s there for people in performing arts, journalists, and people who want to strengthen their college essays. I feel like it’s really important we have place like that because, in life, you don’t always have the time to sit down and reflect, or you don’t have the right atmosphere to do so, and my school is one of the few that provides that for us, so I’m grateful.”

We can’t wait to see where a passion for writing leads these talented students–without a doubt, it will be somewhere great.


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