Humble High School juniors, Alinda Mac (stage name: Adam Mac) and Ashlyn Stewart (stage name: Lyn) will be competing at the Space City Grand Slam poetry finals at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
The Space City Grand Slam is the largest youth poetry slam in Texas and the high school students are among 10 semi-finalists competing to be on the Writers in the Schools (WITS) Meta-Four Houston team. Since January the students have competed in preliminary competitions and the top performers were selected to participate in the semi-finals. After the Grand Slam on Sunday, six finalists will be chosen to represent Houston at the 20th annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in San Francisco in July.
Meta-Four Houston is the largest youth slam poetry team in Texas. Previous finalists have taken on leadership roles in the youth literary scene and have gone on to receive college scholarships and internships. The Grand Slam poetry event is free and open to the public. Ashley Turner, First Daughter of the City of Houston and DJ Keisha Nicole from 9.79 The Box will be guest judges.
Since 1983, Writers in the Schools has worked with educators and professional writers to teach students creative writing and analytical thinking. The organization has provided K-12 students with literary workshops and school writing programs.