Students say Spoken Word is a nonjudgmental club where they can write poetry, some of which they later recite at poetry slams.
“I feel like I found my people,” said Selin Gok, 16, a sophomore at West High School who wrote a poem about body image and named it “Thick Chick.”
Selin competed Friday in a regional slam at West for the chance to take part in the state competition March 2 in Milwaukee, and her poem was chosen. Poems are limited to three minutes.
Other slams were held at Goodman Community Center. East High School will hold its slam Thursday.
Those who advance at state will have the opportunity to attend the national event, Brave New Voices, Aug. 7-11 at the University of Chicago.
The slams are open to those ages 13 to 19, and Madison School & Community Recreation supports Spoken Word clubs at East and West.