Congratulations to the 2016 Tigertail WordSpeak Team!
Seven local teens will travel in July to Washington, DC, for Brave New Voices
We are proud to announce and congratulate our newly-selected 2016 WordSpeak team. WordSpeak is one of 50 national and international teams invited to compete in the annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. BNV will convene in Washington, DC, from July 12th to 16th, 2016. 500 young people from 50 cities will participate in BNV, considered the Olympics of teen spoken word.
2016 team members are: Stephanie Casio and Sophya Giudici-Juarez from Miami Arts Charter, Destine Harrison-Williams from North Miami Senior, Dylan Somerville Hall from Miami Beach Senior and Nija Maxwell and Andrew Ruby from Miami Norland Senior. Returning team member Momo Manalang just returned from a Global Citizen Year in India.
This year, Emanuelee "Outspoken" Bean, a noted TEDx Houston poet and educator from Writers in the Schools will coach the team. Tigertail brought Bean in Feburary for a one-week residency, during which he conducted workshops in Miami-Dade high schools, led a spoken word slam in Miami Beach and performed his work at Books & Books. Former team member Christell Roach is this year's Assistant Coach.
Mark your calendars: In a free pre-BNV event, the team will perform original spoken word pieces on Thursday, June 30, 7pm, at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr. This event will provide the team with an opportunity to perform before a live audience to prepare for the Washington competition.