Poetry Slam ll was amazing last night! All of the contestants brought their finest work to the stage, and they did not disappoint their audience. The performances were set in Heritage Hall which started at 8 p.m. There were about 100 people in attendance to support the poets, and to listen to each individual story. There were five audience members that were chosen to be the judges of all three rounds. There were three rounds, and each round eliminated people with the lowest scores. The energy in the room was at an all-time high as soon as you walked in. Rap music played in the background as audience members trickled in one by one. This set the tone for a phenomenal poetry slam that left everyone speechless.

With raw topics on love, racism, dating, beauty, society, police brutality, womanhood, and rape these poets left the room silent and in awe. After the final round there were six finalists left standing. The winner of the poetry slam, David Gaines, spoke some powerful-heart wrenching words. Every story he told brought out the audience’s emotions. If you looked around during the performances, you can see the raw emotion spread across the audience’s faces. Each diverse story told upon that stage touched at least one person last night.
Words Penn State is a group of writers that express their diverse stories in such a beautiful way.
You can follow them on Twitter and Instagram @WORDSpennstate, YouTube: psu WORDS, and Facebook @ Penn State WORDS. They meet every Tuesday in 109 Osmond.

Nicole is a junior at Penn State and is a writer for the RISE Magazine. Her major is broadcast journalism. Aside from loving to write, she loves to dance. Contact Info: nicole@undergroundvoices.co