Battle of the poets

"Take the Mic" pits poets against poets in a verbal slam contest.

17 poets. Two rounds. One winner.

The battle for the “Take the Mic” poetry slam is this week and contestants will be on fire as they scorch their competition with words. Each poet will recite their best original material for up to three minutes in front of five judges. Points will be awarded for stage presence, content, deliver, originality, and time.

Although the top three poets walk away with prizes, only one will be victorious.

Giles Li, a well-known Asian American poet and activist, will charm the audience with his dialogue. The event is presented by SU's Verbal Blend and corresponds with National Poetry Month and SU’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

SU’s own Aaron “FaSho” Hudson will act as host, with music by Redbrick DJs.

“Take the Mic” is 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, in the Regency Ballroom of the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center.  Attendance is free.

Get a sneak peek of the competitors’ poetic punches below.  

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