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Hullabaloo BC Youth Poetry Slam Championships; 16 school teams composed of over 80 youth poets from all over British Columbia come together to compete in slams, participate in workshops, see great feature poets, and connect with a community of writers. Hullabaloo 2012 is the 2nd annual event.
It is a forum where they tell their stories, explore the issues that matter to them, and find their voice.
Free Events take place April 11 and 12th at The Vancouver Art Gallery, upstairs in the Heritage Courtrooms (750 Hornby Street)
“These workshops make poetry real for the students in a way that textbooks cannot… I saw an increased interest in our poetry curriculum” – Gary Davis, English Teacher, King George Secondary
April 11th featuring Ostwelve in rotunda 4:30-4:50pm First slate of prelims 5–6:30pm, Second slate of prelims 7–8:30pm Every team in Hullabaloo will perform in one team bout this night in either the first or second slate of prelims.
Second Day of Preliminary Bouts featuring Zaccheus Jackson in rotunda 4:30-4:50pm First slate of prelims 5–6:30pm, Second slate of prelims 7–8:30pm Every team in Hullabaloo will perform in one team bout this night in either the first or second slate of prelims.
RC Weslowski is the founder and organizer of the Vancouver Youth Poetry Slam, which happens on the 4th Monday of every month at Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Dr). He also helps run the quarterly show, Mashed Poetics, which mixes spoken word and classic rock and was the Artistic Director of the 2005 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. A surrealist heart beats hard and large inside of him and in 2008 RC Weslowski was named the male Poet of Honour at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.
Chris Gilpin has been a workshop leader for the WordPlay, Poetry in Schools program since 2006 and became WordPlay’s Program Coordinator in 2009. Chris is also the 2011 Vancouver Individual Poetry Slam Champion, a two-time Vancouver Poetry Slam Team member, the 2008 Haiku Deathmatch Champion, winner of the Vancouver 2009 CBC Poetry Face-off, and finalist in the 2010 Write Bloody manuscript competition.