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Indianapolis Public Library African American History Committee Seeks Youth Poetry

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Indianapolis Public Library African American History Committee Seeks Youth Poetry


The African American History Committee of the Indianapolis Public Library presents

Slammin’ Rhymes Challenge XI

For all YOUNG POETS grades 7-12

Saturday, November 12, 2016
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Central Library – Clowes Auditorium
40 East St. Clair Street, Indianapolis

The Challenge – Write with the inspiring thoughts of:

Dare to Dream!

DEADLINE Monday, October 24, 2016

To be eligible, participants must be Marion County students, grades 7-12. All entries must be the original work of entrants. Keep it clean: absolutely no profanity will be allowed!

Each entry MUST be attached to an official Entry Form (see back side).

Please submit a typed or legible written copy of your original poem and a recording (cassette or CD) of your reading to:
LaShonda El, Eagle Library, 3325 Lowry Road, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46222, deliver to your local INDYPL library. You can also submit your poem online at

Winners will be notified. Participants must be registered by 12:00 pm on event day.


All participants will receive participation gift cards. Ten teen poets will be selected to receive $25.00 gift cards and perform their winning entries at FALL FEST 2016 – Saturday, November 12, 2016, at Central Library Clowes Auditorium.

Each winner will be given three minutes to perform his or her work.

The Teen Poetry performance will be followed by an AWARDS CEREMONY.

Award presentation will be given by Kwame Alexander, world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator.

All participants are encouraged to be present to receive their awards.

A photo shoot for all participants will be at 3:30pm.

Made possible by Suez Water, the Donna D. Talley Story Theatre Fund and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation