By Julia Andretta, ’15
Four members of St. Bonaventure University’s slam poetry society, Chattertons, will be competing at an intercollegiate slam at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27.
The slam will be held at the University at Buffalo’s Student Union Theater and is hosted by Pure Ink, a slam poetry society based in Buffalo. Chattertons will be facing poets from the University at Buffalo, Buffalo State, and Daemen College. This is the first intercollegiate slam Chattertons has attended.
The students competing are Chattertons president Brianna Roberts, a senior classical languages major from Nichols, N.Y.; Kevin Cooley, an English graduate fellow from Lake View, N.Y.; Caitlin Lee, a sophomore journalism/mass communication major from Wellsville, N.Y.; and Natalie Wasek, a freshman accounting major from Roxbury, N.J. Lee and Wasek will each perform an individual poem, while Roberts and Cooley will perform two collaborative poems.
Slam poetry is a form of spoken-word poetry in which performance is just as vital to a work as the words that comprise it. Competitors will be judged based on the effectiveness of their performances in capturing and communicating the content of each poem. Poets will be assigned a score on a 10-point scale, with 10 being a perfect score, by judges selected randomly from the audience.
St. Bonaventure’s slam poetry club was founded in 2009, acquiring the name Chattertons in 2014 when they first began looking to compete with other schools. St. Bonaventure’s slam poets have always taken immense pride in their craft, and now they are finally beginning what will hopefully be a long tradition of sharing and strengthening that craft off campus.
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