Welcome to #Virtualandia 2021

A Virtual Slam Poetry Competition

The Competition

We’re thrilled to announce our top 10 competitors for #Virtualandia! 2021:

  • Sophia Atkins (Lincoln)
  • Gigi Bareilles (Franklin)
  • Jazlynn Davis (Parkrose)
  • Jourdan Dimoff (Grant)
  • Anna Gunderson (Franklin)
  • Emma Hayes (Ida B. Wells-Barnett)
  • Lilli Rudine (Franklin)
  • Shala Santa Cruz Kringbaum (Franklin)
  • Sadie Wallsmith (Grant)
  • Jordan Wolmut (Benson).

We invite you to attend the livestream competition event on April 29, 2021 at 5:30 p.m hosted by our emcee, Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani.

Entries Accepted:
Friday, March 19 at 12:00 PM PT through Wednesday, March 31 at 11:59 PM PT

Top 10 Announced:
Tuesday, April 13 (and must be available to film on April 16 or 17)

Virtual Grand Slam Event:
April 29, 2021 at 5:30 PM

$15 Powell’s gift cards for the first 50 eligible entries; top prize of $1,000 visa gift card

About the Event

#Virtualandia! 2021 is an exciting opportunity for students from eligible* Portland-area high schools to take part in a dynamic virtual slam poetry competition presented by Literary Arts. Competitors will take to the mic for a chance to win prizes including the title of #Virtualandia slam champion and corresponding $1,000 visa gift card. Up to 300 youth poets will submit original work via video by midnight Wednesday, March 31 to be reviewed and judged by a diverse group of artists and fans with a pulse on the literary scene. Ten poets will be selected to advance and qualify for our April 29, 2021 grand slam event. These ten students will have their poems professionally recorded and aired during the grand slam event to be scored by five judges in the typical Verselandia! tradition to identify a top five and our next grand slam champion.

* Eligible schools: Alliance, Benson, Centennial, Cleveland, David Douglas, Grant, Gresham,  Fir Ridge, Franklin, Ida B Wells-Barnett, Jefferson, Lincoln, Madison, Many Nations Academy, Metropolitan Learning Center, Open School, Parkrose, Reynolds, Roosevelt

Get tickets to the 2021 #Virtualandia Youth Poetry Slam Championship and support the next generation of poets and storytellers. https://literary-arts.org/event/virtualandia-2021/

For questions regarding the competition rules, email Olivia Jones-Hall, Youth Programs Manager, at olivia@literary‑arts.org.