First Poetry Slam of the year shares students’ diverse voices

Maria Cieslarczyk, Staff Writer

Lake Park’s Poetry Club hosted a poetry slam on Thursday Nov 17 in the East Campus library. Poetry Club participants performed their original pieces and were scored by student judges, with senior Alex Park as the emcee.

The event was from 4-6, and was free. Maine East and Schaumburg came to compete against Lake Park in this slam to start off the season.

Apart from sharing poetic pieces, the club also collected women’s socks for the DuPage PADS organization.

The purpose of Poetry Club is to provide people – especially students – a platform to share their voices. Jennifer Heyen and Josephine Cloud, sponsors of the club, agree.

“Through poetry slam, students have the ability to share their thoughts and emotions regarding life events and social issues in an artistic and personal way when they often don’t have the platform to do so,” said Heyen.

The diverse voices of the students’ poems represent all of these different aspects of their lives, which made the Poetry Slam quite the event.