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Congratulations to St. Anne – 2015 Can You Hear Me Now? Provincial Poetry Slam Champions!

Congratulations to the students and coaches of St. Anne Academic Center in Calgary, for winning the 2nd annual Can You Hear Me Now? poetry slam!

St. Anne Academic Center Poetry Team - Provincial Poetry Slam Champions at Can You Hear Me Now? 2015

St. Anne Academic Center Poetry Team – Provincial Poetry Slam Champions at Can You Hear Me Now? 2015

In the finals they competed against Father Lacombe High School (Calgary), Bellerose Composite High School (St. Albert), Centennial High School (Calgary), and Lord Beaverbrook High School (Calgary) to emerge victorious. As provincial champions, St. Anne won a $250 prize donated by ATB Financial.

Congratulations, also, to the following students and teams who won $50 prizes donated by ATB Financial:

Poets’ Choice Award: Bethel Afework (Father Lacombe High School)

The Poets’ Choice Award winner was decided by poets who voted for the person they felt gave the best performances of the best poems during this year’s competition.

Best Solo Performance: Emma Williamson (St. Anne Academic Center)

The Best Solo Performance nominees were determined by looking at the solo performances that earned the highest scores from judges in each bout, and the winner was determined by coaches discussing and reaching consensus about the overall best performance.

Best Group Performance: Bishop Grandin High School

The Best Group Performance nominees were determined by looking at the group performances that earned the highest scores from judges in each bout, and the winner was determined by coaches discussing and reaching consensus about the overall best performance.

Spirit of the Slam Award: Chevy O’Dell (Lord Beaverbrook High School)

The Spirit of the Slam Award was voted on by coaches and awarded to the student who earned the most votes for demonstrating the best support for, encouragement of, and attitude towards fellow poets during the slam.

Design Award: Clarissa Noel (Lord Beaverbrook High School)

The Design Award was given to the best poster and logo design entered in the Design Competition.

Thank you to all the poets, teachers, coaches, spectators, judges, emcees, and volunteers who made this year’s Can You Hear Me Now? poetry slam the best yet!

We hope to see you all back again next year!


CYHMN? Open Mic at Father Lacombe High School – December 4 at 6:30 pm

Tonight, Can You Hear Me Now? is hosting an open mic for any school-aged poets in the Calgary area at Father Lacombe High School (3615 Radcliffe Drive NE).

It kicks off at 6:30 pm and runs until around 9 pm, or until we run out of poets.

If you’d like to perform, email Nancy Krar (nancy.krar@cssd.ab.ca) and let her know, or sign up at the door when you arrive.

Students need to bring photo ID with them.

Come out for a night of some of the best poetry you’ll hear this year!


Writers’ Workshop 1 is Done

On October 28, about 24 students and 4 coaches met at Lord Beaverbrook High School for the first in a series of workshops being offered over the course of this school year (see our Schedule for a complete list of events).

The workshop focused on giving the poets an opportunity to meet, share, collaborate, and socialize with poets from other schools. In the icebreaker activity, they produced some wonderful group performances in response to 4 different topics (1. “A no good, terrible, horrible, very bad day”; 2. “If I was a teacher”; 3. “Writing a poem is harder than . . .”; and 4. “When we were young and foolish”), and they did it in about 10 minutes (5 minutes of individual writing time to produce 4 lines of poetry and 5 minutes of collaboration time to determine reading order and/or create lines to help transitions).

We also did some work with a sharing and revising process that saw the poets read a piece of their work to a group, who recorded lines that they felt were powerful or amazing. After the group was done writing, they gave their lists of great lines to the poet and then told the poet the lines they could remember. This provided poets with helpful information about their poems. First, lines that were not mentioned were to be evaluated very carefully as the poet decided whether to keep them or cut them, or to revise them or leave them. Second, lines that were written down were viewed as lines that held promise, but should be targeted for improvement. Third, lines that were remembered and repeated from memory back to the poet were treated as miraculous gifts to humanity that should not be messed with in any way.

Meanwhile, another group of poets spent time discussing and sharing their writing processes with one another, before writing a short piece, and sharing it using the same process stated above. This group watched Erin Dingle’s performance of “Freeze Tag” and then did a timed writing exercise based on the topic: “Someone you would like to help.”

Oh, and there was also lots of snacks. Glorious, heavenly snacks!

The next writers’ workshop (November 29 at Bishop Grandin High School from 1 to 5 pm) will be a drop-in style event (you don’t have to stay for the full 4 hours, but you can if you want). The title for the next workshop is “Be Unique Concrete While You Flee from Cliche,” with the sub-title: “How to Avoid the Poison of Atrociously Mixed Metaphors.” More information will be posted about this workshop a couple of weeks in advance.

The cost for the all workshops is only a bit of your time and possibly some transit fare or gas money (because you have to get yourself to the workshop). Not only that, but these workshops are offered to any aspiring school-aged poets, whether your school has a poetry club/team or not. So come out and join us for some fun, poetry, and snacks!

Glorious, heavenly snacks!


CYHMN? Goes Province-Wide for 2015

Incredible though it may seem, Can You Hear Me Now? is going to be open to all high schools in Alberta in 2015!

So if you’re attending a school in Alberta, or if you teach at a school and would like to enter a team, check back in the Fall for more information about starting and entering a team, as well as information about timelines and deadlines.

For 2015, the competition will be open to the first 16 teams to register, with teams after those first 16 being added to a waiting list.

In the meantime, check out the information on our website about “How to Start a High School Poetry Team,” and check out videos of the 2014 Can You Hear Me Now? competition on our “Videos” page. (More videos will be added over the summer, so keep checking back!)


Pop Quiz, Hotshot!

Please answer the following questions on the supplied Scantron sheet.

1. On Thursday, June 19, at 4:00-ish on the patio of Salt & Pepper Restuarte Mexicano (1413 9 Ave SE – Inglewood location NOT Bowness) we’ll be meeting to
A) relax and enjoy one another’s company before summer vacation.
B) discuss some initial plans for CYHMN? 2015
C) debrief CYHMN? 2014
D) all of the above

2. This meeting is for people who
A) coached a team that participated in CYHMN? 2014
B) are interested in learning more about CYHMN? 2015
C) like meetings that take place on patios (and where alcohol is served)
D) all of the above

Come to the meeting to see if you passed the test! (By the way, you DID know that this test was worth 89.7% of your final mark for the course, right?)

Things that will be allowed at the meeting, but were NOT allowed when completing the test:
– ideas about how to make CYHMN? 2015 better than CYHMN? 2014
– thoughts about roles that you might like to take on to help organize CYHMN? 2015
– questions and opinions
– a strong desire to start a poetry team at your school
– fish tacos

Things that will NOT be allowed at the meeting, but were allowed when completing the test:
– selfies (of any sort and with any one)
– David Blaine and/or David Copperfield
– Greek choruses
– personal cheer teams