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Annual Stacy “Mama” Daniel Poetry Slam to take place at Renfroe Middle School


Annual Stacy “Mama” Daniel Poetry Slam to take place at Renfroe Middle School

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FILE PHOTO USED FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES: Tinsley Adams was one of the contestants in a poetry slam held at Renfroe Middle School. File photo provided to Decaturish.


The annual Stacy “Mama” Daniel Poetry Slam will take place at Renfroe Middle School on April 18, allowing students a chance to show off their creativity, according to an event announcement.

“Slam poetry is a unique style of spoken-word poetry that combines the elements of writing, performance, competition, and audience participation with a hefty dose of fervor,” the announcement said. “In the hands of Renfroe students, it is an opportunity for the community to see the depth of passion and insight that these kids have to offer their peers and parents.”  

The annual Poetry Slam began under the supervision of Stacy Daniel, an English teacher at Renfroe. After she passed away unexpectedly in 2012, the event was renamed the Stacy Mama Daniel Poetry Slam.

“Her nurturing spirit and her total support for her students lives on in the faculty, staff, students, and volunteers who continue the Poetry Slam today,” the announcement said. 

As part of the event, a professional slam poet and teaching artist works with all seventh grade students to introduce them to this style of poetry and help them develop their own works.

“There’s no boundary between who you are and what you feel,” Renfroe student Malena Clavijo said.

The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Renfroe Middle School, located at 220 W College Ave., and it is free and open to the public.

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