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The slam—a contest in which poets read or recite their poems, which are then judged by a panel—will include the District of Columbia’s top youth slam groups: the DC Youth Slam Team and Louder Than a Bomb DMV. Champion delegates from both groups will compete to be named the city’s top youth slammer, by performing new works on the subject of books and reading. The event is a collaboration among the Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center, the National Endowment for the Arts and the poetry organization Split This Rock. Judges will include national and international slam champion Gayle Danley, Tajuja Desai Hidier, author of "Born Confused," and Maryland State Sen. Jamie Raskin. The emcee for the slam will be Beltway Grand Slam champion Elizabeth Acevedo.
Never been to a poetry slam or don’t know what it is? A poetry slam is a contest in which poets read or recite their poems, which are then judged by a panel. The poems can range from traditional to hip-hop in style; they can be delivered straight or in a theatrical manner. But one thing is certain: All who come will have a surprisingly wonderful experience.