Louder Than A Bomb, Mid-MO, Hickman High School’s slam poetry team, announced it will hold a fundraiser to help with the costs of participating in the Brave New Voices Festival in Las Vegas.

The fundraiser will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Logboat Brewing Co. Brave New Voices is a competition between young poets who gather from around the world to compete in “Olympic-style poetry bouts” for a week, according to a Hickman High School news release.

“Olympic-style poetry means that each team will perform in about four rounds,” T’keyah Thomas, LTAB-MidMO creative director, said. “So, there will be four rounds of individual poems and one round of group poems.”

Thomas said that LTAB-MidMO includes participants from Jefferson City, Mexico, Battle High School, Hickman High School, Rock Bridge High School and Jabberwocky Studios. Six of them were selected after winning the 2019 LTAB-MidMO championship and will head to Las Vegas, she said.

“For this particular competition, we have been preparing since we found out (about the competition),” she said. “They spent all season writing poems.”

The team needs to raise $5,000 total for registration and airfare, of which $2,000 has already been raised in the past two months with donations from ACME T-shirts, Stephens College, Unbound Book Festival and Veterans United. The team hopes to raise the remaining $3,000 at the event this Sunday, according to the new release.

“It’s a benefit concert. So, there’s going to be local music. I really hope people come on Sunday,” Thomas said. “We’ll also hear some poetry from OneMic poetry collective. We’ll also have some aerial performances, like aerial silks and performances by Mythic Aerial Arts.”

The event is $5 to attend, but people can donate more if they are willing. More information about the event is on Louder Than A Bomb’s Facebook page.

Supervising editor is Libby Stanford.

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