The CT National Youth Poetry Slam Team began in 1998 when Connecticut hosted the first-ever National High School Poetry Slam as a 2 day event held at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford. Teams came from:
- New York City,
- Washington DC,
- New Mexico (the Navajo Nation) and of course,
The following year, the Connecticut team went to Albuquerque (along with 7 other teams, including San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago) for the 2nd Annual National High School Slam. This festival has grown into a yearly happening known as Brave New Voices, with up to 50 teams and 5 days.
Now called OneWord CT, we invite participation from around the state (rather than one major city, like most other teams). Team members for 2013 include:
- Sophie Dillon (New Haven),
- Coree DeShields (Norwich),
- Emily Falkowski (Manchester),
- Olive Kuhn (Middletown) and
- Evan Knoll (Middletown).
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