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For immediate release, Monday, April 11, 2016
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams, Director of Public Relations    
Birmingham Public Library                                               
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                                        

WORD UP! teen poetry slam announces 2016 winners after competition at Central Library  
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama—Three of Jefferson County’s most talented young spoken word artists were crowned winners after participating in WORD UP!, ­ a poetry slam for students enrolled in high schools or homeschooled in Jefferson County, on Sunday, April 10, 2016, at the Central Library, 2100 Park Place in downtown Birmingham. 
The first place winner ($300 prize) was Ellen Camp, a sophomore at Alabama School of the Fine Arts. Winning the second place $200 prize was Jeralyn Langford, a senior at Clay-Chalkville High School. The third place winner ($150) was Ellis Goldstein, a junior at Homewood High School.
The slam is sponsored by the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) and Real Life Poets, a nonprofit creative writing organization based in Birmingham. Ten students in grades 9 through 12 performed an original work of poetry inspired by the theme “Speak Out!”
Camp’s poem, entitled “For Teenaged Girls.” Langford’s poem was called “Victim,” while Goldstein performed an original work entitled “O Soldier.”
Each participating high school held a preliminary contest, and the winners from each school competed in the WORD UP! competition. The participating schools for this year were as follows: Carver High and Parker High Schools of the Birmingham Public School System, Clay-Chalkville High School, Homewood High School,  Alabama School of Fine Arts, Bessemer High School, and Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School.
For more information about WORD UP!, call Miyagawa at (205) 226-3670, email 
or visit the WORD UP! webpage at
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