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The Poets of Word Up! 2017 
 Word Up! 2017 featured Laudz, Amayah, Jadon, Ismael, Lucia, Joseph, Nyah, Ramis, and Sydnie (L-R).

Sunrise is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Word Up! – our spoken-word poetry competition for Broward County high school students. Finalists selected through the audition process will participate in a series of free Saturday writing workshops at the Sunrise Civic Center. During these workshops, students will receive valuable writing and performance assistance in preparation for the Word Up! Poetry Slam. For additional information, please call (954) 747-4662 or email

Key Word Up! 2018 dates include:

  • Friday, November 2 - Completed audition application packet due.
  • Tuesday, November 6 - Word Up! Audition at 6:00 p.m. in the Sunrise Civic Center Theatre (10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard). Finalists must attend our free workshops from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the following Saturdays: November 17, December 1, December 8, and December 15.
  • Wednesday, December 19 - Word Up! Poetry Slam at 7:00 p.m. in the Sunrise Civic Center Theatre. Reserved seats are $5 each. To purchase tickets, call the Civic Center Box Office (954-747-4646) or visit

Word Up! is presented in collaboration with the Jason Taylor Foundation and the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network.

Last updated: 9/18/2018 1:02:51 PM