Poetry slam contest at high school

Poet holds workshop, poetry slam contest at high school
Posted on 06/16/2022
Morganton, NC – Friday, June 9, 2022

Phillip Shabazz, a poet, author, and teaching artist was a special guest at Patton High School during the last few weeks of school for a poetry slam contest being held in a few English classes. He held poetry workshops in multiple English classes where he taught about different forms of poetry and challenged the students to get out of their comfort zones when writing. Shabazz hopes that students learn how they can empower themselves using their own words and expressions.

Each student chose one poem of their own to be in the poetry slam contest and later read in front of a panel of judges. Each class was awarded a first-, second-, third-place and honorable mention.

Pamela Isbell, an English teacher at Patton High School said, “The students were given the best opportunity to create poetry, but at the same time given the chance to look within themselves. The students used this workshop to explore their experiences and feelings to compose a variety of poetry styles. As the classroom teacher, I was able to see the students use their creativity and participate in a written form of art.”

Lisa Wall, a BCPS instructional coach, said, “The poetry workshop led by Phillip Shabazz was a wonderful way to end the school year. The students learned so much about the process of writing and sharing poetry, and Mr. Shabazz inspired and encouraged them to think creatively and to write from their hearts and their experiences. The students came away from the workshop with a true sense of community and a newfound appreciation for expressing their perspectives of the world through poetry. We hope Mr. Shabazz can return to BCPS to work with more students in the future.”

Thank you to the Burke Arts Council grassroots program and the North Carolina Arts Council for helping to make this possible through the use of a grant. This project was supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
Phillip Shabazz, a poet, author, and teaching artist was a special guest at Patton High School
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