Contributed by: Marissa Johnson
If you are looking for an opportunity to get involved in the Arts at Simmons and are interested in creative writing, the organization Simmons Speaks might be a great choice! Simmons Speaks is a club on campus that meets every week to write, receive writing prompts, share poetry, or just be around other writers in a creative space. The organization also has a slam poetry team that competes in poetry slams on campus, in Boston, New England, and even at the national level.
So what is a poetry slam? It is a competition among individual poets or assembled slam teams consisting of five poets, in which performers memorize and perform original poems, three minutes in length, with nothing but their bodies, and are scored by judges on a scale of 0.0 to 10.0. Last year some other poets on campus and myself got together and started this organization and most of us never having written a slam poem in our lives. In a matter of months, we were a competing slam team with memorized poems and performances, on stage in NYC at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI), where we came in 6th place out of 59 schools, beating out many well-known, long-established, and Ivy League schools. This year we are at it again and will be travelling to Boulder, Colorado for this year's CUPSI in just a couple of weeks. What's great about Simmons Speaks is that you don't have to be a slam poet or even a writer to get involved.
We also put on many well-attended open mics on campus, as well as bring in some very successful, well-known poets to feature at our events. You can't miss us and you definitely don't want to miss out on the incredible talent Simmons students bring to the stage.