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Mady Park, performing at 2018 Classic Slam in Los Angeles, CA.
Performing at the 2018 Get Lit Classic Slam. The Get Lit Classic Slam is the largest teen poetry competition in Southern California’s history – where high school students from schools throughout Los Angeles County face off to “slam” classic poems by poets like Neruda, Lorca, Hughes, Dickinson, Angelou, etc. in combination with their own spoken word responses. The Classic Slam occurs every Spring around National Poetry Month for audiences of thousands. Scholarships are awarded to winning teams and bouts are judged by leading writers, actors, and artists.
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