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Young poets set their sights on Chicago, and seek a little help

Youth poetry club ChewSLAM is hoping to take part in a Chicago poetry festival, but first they need the assistance of the public.

The club is hoping to raise $20,000 to send six competing team members and two coaches to the Brave New Voices (BNV) Poetry Festival to take part in the event’s youth poetry slam.

According to the group’s indiegogo fundraising website, the funds will be used to cover air travel to and from Chicago, conference fees, ground transportation and “a whole bunch of other expenses that arise from flying eight people out of the country”.

The site says: “It’s important for Bermuda’s youth to be able to contribute to the literary community. Their participation in BNV will not only do this, but will open up doors for many opportunities for each and every youth poet to learn, be influenced and be a part of a festival that is a once in a lifetime experience.”

Those who donate to the campaign can receive a number of rewards, including personalised poems written by ChewSLAM members, T-shirts, poetry CDs and even admission to every Chewstick event for the next six months.

Useful website: http://igg.me/at/ChewslamBNV

Poetry festival hopefuls: Kalaeb Tannock, Hannah Smith, Dascha Choudhury, Marq Rodriguez, Matthew A. Johnston,Tenae Hassell, Kevina-Lorae' Davis and Makeem 'Haz' Bartley.

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Published July 15, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated July 15, 2013 at 12:38 am)

Young poets set their sights on Chicago, and seek a little help

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