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Competing teens spar in front of full house at poetry slam festival

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Emotions ran high as some teenagers threw down in Downtown Baton Rouge on Sunday night.

The ‘All City Teen Poetry Slam Festival' held its Grand Slam Finals Competition at the Manship Theatre this year. This is the festival's 8th year running.

Ten teams from high schools and youth organizations came from all over the city. A lot of the poems that they performed on stage are really about their experiences and issues that they are passionate about.

Some of the teens who competed have been looking forward to this for a year. The group behind the festival, called Forward Arts, originally started as part of the Big Buddy program, and grew to help teens express themselves.

Forward Arts is dedicated to helping teens love language. They have writing workshops in many high schools in Baton Rouge, including the Louisiana School for the Deaf.

The group will be sponsoring a Slam Camp during the summer at LSU, starting on June 9th. If you want to get involved or get your children involved, you can register for free at www.forwardarts.org . You can also make a donation to help them continue their progress with the teen community.

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