One of the best Kansas City poetry open mic events:
UMKC was one of our great events last year as well, with probably the most student organizations pitching in to help. On this campus, we worked with The Counseling Center, The Student Veterans Organization, The Undergraduate English Council, The Writing Center, The African American Student Union, and the NAACP Chapter. This was an awesome Kansas City Poetry Open mic. One of our biggest organizers was Jackie Hoermann who did much of the legwork to flyer the campus. We had about 42 audience members in attendance, with eight poets entering the Kansas city poetry open mic contest.
The winners of this Kansas City poetry open mic were:
- First place: Theory with his poem “Birels”
- Second place: Babajide Ajisafe with his poem “Weed” about drug abuse and societal pressue which begin to void personal identity
- Third place: Amina Siddiz with an untitled poem about being a Muslim Woman.
Our audience members said that some of the most motivating parts of our Kansas City Poetry Open Mic were:
- Speaking and hearing others speak
- Seeing the variety of performers
- I really enjoyed the lyrics that the poets delivered
- Their stories were well spoken
- Sara’s poetry always inspires
- Hearing people’s personal power
- Poets experessions about overcoming adversity
- Hearing new people transition deep pain into flourishing