Mic Drop

Mic Drop

Natalie Choi ’18 stood on the black stage, a single spotlight illuminating her figure as she recited her two-minute poem at the semi-finals of the 2017 Get Lit Words Ignite Classic Slam in front of a cheering crowd of fellow poetry fans. Choi’s love for slam began in middle school, when she would watch countless […]

Rhyme Time

Rhyme Time

Student poets from all over Los Angeles disembarked from school buses and poured onto the upper school campus. Ambassadors for the poetry festival led the poets up to Chalmers Lounge for breakfast and an opportunity to meet other poets from the area. The festival, called “Wider Than the Sky: A Young People’s Annual Poetry Festival,” […]

Slam poets visit class meetings

Slam poets visit class meetings

Poets from Get Lit, a slam poetry group, performed response slam poetry at junior and senior assemblies Nov. 4 and Nov. 7. The school’s slam poetry team invited the poets to get students to join the club. Last year, the school’s slam poetry team was a finalist at Classic Slam, a youth poetry festival hosted […]

Upper School hosts poetry festival

Upper School hosts poetry festival

Keynote speaker Jacqueline Woodson, The Poetry Foundation’s 2015 Young People’s Poet Laureate, spoke about her National Book Award winner “Brown Girl Dreaming” and her experiences with writing poetry at Harvard-Westlake’s second annual poetry festival, “Wider than the Sky: A Young People’s Poetry Festival” April 16. The festival featured keynote speakers, panels, workshops and readings in […]

Spoken Word chooses members for new season

The Spoken Word Club added eight new members to this year’s team. The announcement was made Dec. 12 after the auditions Dec. 1. For the audition, each student delivered a classic poem of their selection and wrote a response to their poem. “[The auditions] were a little nerve-wracking, especially because poetry is so personal, but […]

Third annual Jazz and Poetry Lounge hosted by the African-American Alumni Network

The African-American Alumni Network welcomed guests into the Feldman-Horn Gallery Feb. 25 for its third annual Jazz and Poetry Lounge with jazz standards performed by the Jazz Explorers band and foods including macaroni and cheese, garlic bread, salad and lemon bars. President of the alumni network Abby Harris ’94 organized the event, which was hosted […]

Slam group to perform for new Poetry Week

The Get Lit Players, a performance poetry group of Los Angeles high school students is performing this week at sophomore and junior class meetings as part of Poetry Week, hosted by the English and Visual Arts departments. The group will recite classic poetry and the players’ original poems that are reactions to those poems. Although […]