From Mr. Lally:
I have just heard back from the teacher who is heading up the Billerica Poetry Day on April 13th, and they ARE ACCEPTING student participants from other schools. So, if you are a poet and would like an audience for your work (they expect 600+ in the auditorium) or if you would like one last chance to show off your Poetry Out Loud poem, please contact me as soon as possible. They have asked for us to turn in a final list by this Sunday. If we have enough student interest we will see about arranging a field trip. Here is their press release:
Regional Student Day of Poetry at Billerica Memorial High School
April 13, 2012: 7:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Massachusetts Cultural Council and BMHS proudly bring you our first ever regional day of poetry! With an aim to engaging all students, the high school is hosting Harlym 125, a nationally recognized slam poet. Students will walk away with a piece of writing, no matter what their level. They will also engage in discussion of, performance of, and experience of poetry through visual, hands on, and performance activities.
*Performance by Harlym 125, a nationally recognized slam poet and Dean of Diversity at
*Screening of Louder than a Bomb, a documentary about Chicago youth and the slam festival there.
*Poetry workshops run by Harlym 125 and teachers. Each student will walk away with an original work.
*Open Mic session where students have the opportunity to perform their pieces on stage.
The cost for this event is only $5 per student.
This is an exciting opportunity for students and teachers to bring poetry to their schools. If you have any questions, please email Catie Button at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have limited capacity and seats will be granted on a first come, first served basis!