THE BNV FESTIVAL is always a transformative experience, as youth poets ages 14-19 come together from across the globe not only to share their work, but to learn about how their words can affect those around them. To inquire about how to qualify for the 2021 WBL Youth Poetry Slam Team, call 301-237-6684 or visit wblinc.org/slam
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2017 Words Beats & Life Youth Poetry Slam Team - from left to right:
- Samantha Jackson- Prince George's 2017 Youth Poet Laureate
- Jasslyn Ford - Fort Washington Youth Poet Ambassador
- David Estes - Oxon Hill Youth Poet Ambassador
- Salihah Aakil - The 2017 DMV Youth Poetry Champion
THE 2021 Words Beats & Life DMV Youth Poetry Slam Team - clockwise from top left:
Deja Epps - Upper Marlboro Youth Poet Ambassador
Jamie V - Towson, MD
Yanina Chicas -Cheverly, MD
Sainey Ceesay - Prince George's 2021 Youth Poet Laureate
THE 2022 Words Beats & Life DMV Youth Poetry Slam Team (left to right)
Keenashae Pennicooke, Laurel Youth Poet Ambassador
Jordan Culmer, District Heights Youth Poet Ambassador
Natalia Pena, Alexandria VA
Demari Kline, Upper Marlboro Youth Poet Ambassador
FOR 5 YEARS, Dialect has been contracted by the great people at Words Beats & Life to prepare a slam team for the Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Festival, an international conference of teen poets which is held each year at different cities across the U.S.
SELECTED POETS will leap from the page to the stage each summer in national youth poetry competition!
DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES to make the DMV Youth Poetry Slam Team??
THE 2019 Words Beats & Life DMV Youth Poetry Slam Team - left to right:
Mi'jan Credle -Prince George's 2019 Youth Poet Laureate
Aakiyrah King - Hillcrest Heights,MD
Azizi Byrd -Washington, DC
Xxavier Boone -Washington, DC
DIALECT USA, LLC recognizes and celebrates the importance of the spoken, the written and the rhythmic word no matter where it originates. We realize that even though our inflections & use of language may change between age, race, gender and cultural lines, it is the sound of our VOICES that when properly harnessed, can become the most powerful tool known to humanity through shared experiences, affirmations of love, pleas for peace and declarations of being.
DIALECT OF PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD provides artists with the space for expression and the skills for growth as practitioners of the stage arts. We understand that for many, a simple opportunity is the much needed bridge that can lead to success, and so we provide not only basic training in these areas, but we partner with additional County organizations in creating avenues & windows that will assist in cultivating full-fledged careers in the arts for both youth and for young adults.