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Word Up! 2017Broward County high school students are invited to audition for Sunrise's ninth annual Word Up! Poetry Slam, presented in collaboration with the Jason Taylor Foundation and the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network.

Key dates and times for our ninth annual slam include:

  • Audition Registration Deadline: Friday, November 3, at 3:00 p.m. (Mention that you saw our Word Up! ad in the November 5 issue of the Sun-Sentinel, and you can submit your application on Monday, November 6.)
  • Audition: Wednesday, November 8, at 6:00 p.m. (Sunrise Civic Center Theatre)
  • Workshop #1: Saturday, November 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Workshop #2: Saturday, December 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Workshop #3: Saturday, December 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Workshop #4: Saturday, December 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Word Up! Poetry Slam: Wednesday, December 20, at 7:00 p.m. (Sunrise Civic Center Theatre)

Pre-registration is required: Download your audition application here. If you have questions about the application or audition process, call (954) 747-4662.

Poets who are selected to compete must participate in a series of free Saturday workshops at the Sunrise Civic Center. During these workshops (dates/times listed above), students will receive valuable writing and performance assistance in preparation for the final slam on Wednesday, December 20. The top prize includes $250 cash (courtesy of the Jason Taylor Foundation), a trophy, and bragging rights. 

Not ready to audition? Purchase a $5 ticket to the Word Up! Poetry Slam and hear some of Broward's top youth spoken-word artists. Call the Sunrise Civic Center Box Office for information (954-747-4646) or visit to reserve your seat.

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Last updated: 11/3/2017 12:08:16 PM