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2015 Verses Bocas Poetry Slam Finalists Announced!

Following a pair of intensely contested semi-final rounds, 12 outstanding spoken word poets have made it through to the 2015 Verses Bocas Poetry Slam Finals!

Four poets have also qualified as ranked contenders on a standby list, and will participate in that order, if for any reason the finalists are unable to compete.

Idrees Saleem, 2014 winner, will defend his title at the VERSES Finals on 3rd May 2015.

Idrees Saleem, 2014 winner, will defend his title at the VERSES Finals on 3rd May 2015.

Congratulations to the 12 finalists, and 4 standbys! The 2015 Verses Bocas Poetry Slam Finals will take place on May 3rd at Globe Theatre, as the concluding event of this year’s NGC Bocas Lit Fest. Information on advance tickets will be available soon – for updates, stay tuned to this space, and follow The 2 Cents Movement and the NGC Bocas Lit Fest on Facebook. 

The VERSES Bocas Poetry Slam is a national spoken word competition sponsored by First Citizens. Started on the University of the Southern Caribbean’s campus in 2012 by a group of driven, socially conscious young artistes known as the 2 Cents Movement, the support of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest and sponsorship from First Citizens has seen this event grow into a national showdown between the best local spoken word artists, competing for over TT $30,000 in prizes. Past winners include Crystal Skeete, who took the top prize in 2013 with the piece “Maxi Man Tracking School Gyal”, and Idrees Saleem, 2014 winner.

This is the final Verses-branded spoken word event to be hosted by The 2 Cents Movement! Going forward, these spoken word events will fall under the banner of the First Citizens National Poetry Slam.