Area Wide Open Auditions

We are holding initial auditions to generate interest and add to our organization in preparation for our first official slam in October. All teen poets of all levels of experience are welcome. Don’t be afraid or worried. Our goal to help those who yearn for the chance to share their voice.

Auditions will be held at the Arts Council of Fayetteville downtown from 12:00pm to 2:30pm. If you would like to reserve an audition time, please message or email us. All that is needed is a prepared original piece written by the auditioning poet. Memorization is recommended but is not required, and pieces should be anywhere from one to four minutes long in length. Please bring multiple pieces.

Videos from the 2018 SERNC Group Slam Competition

Below are the three pieces performed at the 2018 SERNC Group Slam Competition this past April, where the kids were the only youth team competing against three amazing adult slam teams, including the 2018 NPS Champs, SlamCharlotte.

“Ball is Life” by Zuriel Fredd and Isa Meachum 

“Ubuntu” by LaShonda Sousa and Reagan Ford 

“Dear ‘Woke’ White People” by Isa Meachum, Reagan Ford, and Zuriel Fredd

2017 BNV Quarterfinals

For the first time ever, Poetic Pathos Youth Slam represented Fayetteville at the 20th Annual Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Festival.  Here are three of the pieces that the team brought to the table for their first national competition.

“PTSD” by Nik Bishop, Isa Meachum, Reagan Ford, and Ishmael Meachum (Warning: Strong language)

“Remember” by Ishmael Meachum

“Black Boy Joy” by Isa and Ishmael Meachum

The 2018-2019 Slam Season!

We are soon beginning our 2018-2019 Slam season.  Last season, we were unfortunately unable to attend Brave New Voices due to time and financial reasons, so we’re getting a head start this year and we made a few changes to our qualifications policy.  Check out How to Qualify to see our updated requirements.  Please share with any youth poet you know and we’ll update you all soon on when and where our first slam of the season will take place.

2018 SERNC Poetry Festival Youth Slam Competition

For the past four years, Poetic Pathos Youth Slam has competed in the Youth Slam event of the Southeastern Regional North Carolina Poetry Festival.  The first ever Youth Slam was won by Poetic Pathos veteran Ishmael Meachum.  Three years later, Ish’s younger brother and Captain of the BNV Team, Isa Meachum, won the event, placing first out of ten amazing poets.  Second and third place positions were won by Maddie Poole and Shaina Scolnick, respectively.