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First Citizens National Poetry Slam 2016 Auditions Results

The 33 semi-finalists were chosen from the 140 spoken word artists who auditioned for the First Citizens National Poetry Slam 2016.

Don’t miss the spectacular semi-finals on Sunday 13 March & Sunday 20 March at 5:30pm, Daaga Auditorium, UWI, St. Augustine. Call (868) 775-3343 to order tickets.

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The First Citizens National Poetry Slam (formerly known as 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 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”, Idrees Saleem in 2014, and Akile Wallace in 2015.