DANVILLE — DANVILLE -- The Sixth Annual Danville Poetry Slam was held at a special event opening at Danville’s Brews N Bytes. The event was sponsored by Danville High School’s Literary Magazine Club.
Twelve poets began the competition, many for the first time. While most were students from Danville High School, several competitors were adults and students from the community.
First-time competitor Elaine Borgese won first place and the top prize of $50, presenting her poetry inspired by baseball games and family members.
“This was a lot of fun,” said Borgese. “I’ve never done anything like this, and I had a great time,” she said.
Freshman Ellen Connuck won second place and $15, while junior Tristan Beiter received third place and $10. An additional award, the traditional bag of baby carrots, went to Gwyn Beiter, a student at Saint Joseph’s School in Danville.
As in previous years, the poetry slam consisted of two rounds, with each poet reading an original poem in three minutes or less. Judges awarded Olympic-style scores, resulting in the poets’ final places.
Slam master Brian Ferguson-Avery, the advisor of the literary magazine club, said, “This year, we had heart-felt poems, story poems, rap songs—we ran the gamut. As our club’s favorite event of the year, we were glad to see another standing-room-only crowd,” he said.