Hickman senior Aubrey Atkins recites a poem called "My Goddess"

Hickman senior Aubrey Atkins recites a poem called “My Goddess” on Sunday at Logboat Brewing Co. Atkins is part of a nine-person Hickman High School slam poetry team. Five members intend to represent the team July 17 in Las Vegas for the Brave New Voices poetry slam competition.

The Mid-Missouri chapter of Louder Than a Bomb held a fundraiser event from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Logboat Brewing Co. to raise money to attend an international competition.

The Brave New Voices Festival in Las Vegas will feature more than 500 poets from more than 100 teams from around the world, including teams from the United States, Australia, Zimbabwe, Canada and Italy.

Sunday’s fundraiser included live music by Violet and the Undercurrents and Loose Loose, an aerial art performance by Mythic Aerial Arts and poetry performances from OneMic and Hickman High School’s award-winning slam poetry team.

About 200 people visited the event to support the team, including Columbia resident Cara Bancroft.

“I just saw it in the newspaper,” Bancroft said.

She said Sunday’s event was “beautiful, comfortable and casual.”

The six poets who won the Louder Than a Bomb Mid-Missouri competition will represent their chapter at the Las Vegas championship. Nancy White, the team’s coach, said the students have been preparing for the competition since January. The team practices twice a week after school, and each practice lasts a couple of hours, White said.

Aubrey Atkins, one of the poets on the Mid-Missouri team, said she’s happy for her teammates and knows they are looking forward to it.

“The rules for the Las Vegas competition are different than what we’re used to,” Atkins said. “There are a lot more requirements for it, which we weren’t necessarily prepared for in the beginning, but I think we’ve been working through, and I’m pretty confident my teammates will pull through.”

The team’s fundraising goal was $3,000 to pay for airfare. T’Keyah Thomas, creative director for the poetry team, said Monday that the group raised $1,500 at the event and collected another $1,000 in large donations Monday. It has just $500 remaining to raise.

The three-day competition will begin July 17.

Supervising editor is Marcelle Peters.

  • General reporter, summer 2019 Studying international writing Reach me at ijcmt@mail.missouri.edu, or in the newsroom at 882-5700

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