Poetry Slam


Photo courtesy of Julia Bakewell.

Tessa Copeland, sophomore, Chrissy Talent, junior, and Catherine Bakewell, senior, pose for a picture as the three winners of the Closed Rounds.

On February 27, Literary Rogues presented Westminster’s Fifth Annual Poetry Slam in the Black Box Theater. The slam was hosted by alumnus Jake Hughes, Class of 2012, and students from middle and high school entered the competition by submitting one poem to the Open Round or three poems to the Closed Rounds.

This year, Johanna Disch, junior, took second place in the Open Round with her poem, “The Hunt,” and Abi Hackman, junior, won the Open Round with her poem titled “Diary of a Hopeless Humanitarian.” Each of the sixteen poets submitted beautiful works of art that were thoroughly appreciated by the audience and the judges. In the Closed Rounds, Catherine Bakewell, senior, received honorable mention, Tessa Copeland, sophomore, took second place, and Chrissy Talent, junior, won first place.

In addition to the poets who shared, several talented students including Abby Charles and Kristen Pogue, freshmen, Dongbin Lee, junior, and the Schick Brothers put on musical performances for the guests between poetry readings.

Many thanks to the musicians, host, judges, and poets for making the Poetry Slam an enjoyable night. The Westminster community again saw the talent that the students at WCA possess.