Chewstick Youth Poetry & Spoken Word Program

May 30, 2014

Community poets from across the island will take part in the first ever slam poetry competition in Bermuda for the culmination of The Chewstick Foundation’s Break The Chains Youth Poetry & Spoken Word Program.

Break The Chains is a creative writing and performance program using spoken word and poetry as a storytelling tool for students age 14 through 19. Schools involved are Mount Saint Agnes, CedarBridge Academy, The Berkeley Institute, The Bermuda High School for Girls and Warwick Academy.

Each school group has been working toward competing in the Break The Chains finale for the chance to represent Bermuda overseas at the Brave New Voices Poetry Festival & SLAM Competition. Expanding the program has allowed for young and more seasoned poets to connect share ideas and inspiration and develop a network of creative people to strengthen the collective story of Bermuda

On Friday, May 30th adult poets will compete for the title of Best Poet in Bermuda and Saturday May 31st young people from within the Break The Chains program will compete for a spot on Bermuda’s National Poetry Team which will represent our island home in the 17th Annual Brave New Voices Poetry & Spoken Word Festival taking place this year in Philadelphia.

Each night poets will leave their heart on the stage as they share the beauty of poetic expression in a fundraiser in support of youth expression and personal growth. Poetic luminaries have come forward to serve as judges, accomplished poets and entertainers Heather Nova, Lauren Francis, Thaao Dill and Vejay Steede will be amongst the judges for this event.

Both nights will also feature the screening of a short documentary showing the experience of the 2013 Bermuda National Poetry Team, which will give a preview of the life changing experience that this year’s youth winners will have the chance to take part in.

Funds raised over this weekend of competition will go toward travel expenses for the group, tickets are available on, at the door at The Chewstick Lounge. Donations can also be made if members of the community would like to support but are not able to attend the Friday and Saturday events.

Email or call 292 2439 for more information.

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