While Case Western Reserve University isn’t exactly known for its passion for the arts, the Case Reserve Review (CRR) strives to enrich this campus with its literary and photographic journal. The semesterly journal is complemented with their poetry slams, which students have enjoyed for several years.
CRR’s Spring Poetry Slam, free to all students as well as community members, is Thursday, April 16 from 7-9 p.m. in Guilford Lounge. Complete with food and refreshments, this event is an opportunity for students of all majors and backgrounds to showcase their work and socialize with the members of the magazine.
Slam poetry involves more than just the rhymes you automatically associate with poetry. Artists focus on vocal characteristics, rhythms and timing that bring life and perspective to the words. People are encouraged to share any type of poetry they wish, regardless of their experience. Freestyle, journal entries, prose and even poems written by others are welcome at the slam.
Demi Frangos, Editor-in-Chief of the CRR, is most looking forward to being surprised. Frangos explained she never knows what will be spoken or slammed about at the event.
“It’s crazy how the raw emotion and honesty interconnect and bring forth an awesome event,” Frangos stated.
She went on to explain how poetry slams allow people to release their pent-up emotions and release them in an open and engaged environment. People of all backgrounds benefit from this event, whether they slam or just listen to “soak up the vibes.”
Poets and arts enthusiasts will certainly enjoy this open and relaxed forum to share the art form, but all students are encouraged to attend. Take a break from the monotony and stress of your academics to listen to a unique and unpredictable art.
Event: CRR’s Poetry Slam
Date: April 16, 7-9 p.m.
Location: Guilford Lounge