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Semifinals I:
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Our Performers:

RJ Wright
Sophia Emille
Cristina Martinez
Arielle Cottingham
Xach Blunt
Loyce Gayo
Ryan McMasters
Omer Ahmed

What is Semifinals?

For the past year, over 100 poets have competed at Write About Now Poetry in poetry slams and through our intricate points system we have narrowed those 100+ poets down to the top 16. 

A poetry slam is a competitive event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. Typically, the host or another organizer selects the judges, who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 or one to 10 scale) based on the poets' content and performance. The high score and the low score are dropped and the rest are added to give the poet their score for that round. The scores are added across the rounds and a final score it tallied and the top 5 poets will advance to finals for a chance to represent Write About Now and Houston, Texas at the 2018 National Poetry Slam in Chicago, Illinois. 2 Rounds.

OUR FEATURED PERFORMER: Jasmine Mans

*Our featured poet will go on a little after 9:40 PM

An author, performer, poet, teacher...yes to all of those titles, but more importantly Jasmine Mans is an artist...an artist who enjoys having various forums to express her thoughts, moods, opinions and a voice to speak out on behalf of others and the community around her. A recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison (2014), Jasmine received her BA in African-American Studies (Black Theory & Literature) and is the recipient of the Star Ledger – NJPAC; Arts Millennia; and (New York) Knicks Poetry Slam Scholarships and awards. However, Mans began stringing rhymes together as a middle-school student in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey. Those artistic skills were honed while attending the first performing arts high school in the nation, Newark Arts High School. 

“Jasmine’s work will send chills down your spine. ”— Glamour Magazine

“Jasmine Mans will be your new favorite poet on the internet. ”— Nylon Magazine

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