OSHN & Poets of Society


OSHN sponsors Central High School Poetry Slam

Poets of Society First Annual Poetry Slam

The Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods of the Mayor Fischer administration sponsored the first annual Poetry Slam held by Central High School’s Poets of Society, an afterschool club, on February 23, 2017. The slam consisted of ten participants from Central as well as other high schools across Jefferson County. The auditorium of Central High School was filled with talent, laughter and love. The initial vision of the slam was put into motion by the students of Poets of Society with the backing of their teacher Shantel Read.

Brandyn Bailey, who serves as the Youth Engagement and Communications Liaison for the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, has been working with the group every Thursday since September 2016. Bailey served as the MC for the slam and kept the audience on their seats with jokes in between poets. DJ Z-Nyce, who also serves in a DJ role for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association, made time to give back to the community with his presence and unique skill set. The judges consisted of two nationally acclaimed poets Brandon "B. Shatter" Harrison, Lance "Mr. Spread Love" Newman, and an anonymous audience member who was selected randomly. 

Round one held all 10 poets, subsequently, the best six progressed to the second round. The third and final round contained the top three poets. Jalen Posey of Central High was crowned as the winner of the slam and received the grand prize, a laptop. 

OSHN sponsored the event to help elevate the talented youth voice in Louisville and offer a chance to help a young persons education with the laptop.