Nov. 16 poetry slam to determine national Penn State team

November 02, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — On Nov. 16, Penn State Writers Organized to Represent Diverse Stories (W.O.R.D.S.) will be hosting the final installment of the 2016 Penn State Slam Series.

The slam is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. in the HUB-Robeson Center’s Heritage Hall, and will determine the four students who will represent Penn State at the 2017 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) in the spring.

The Slam Series consists of four poetry slams to qualify Penn State’s top four slam poetry performers for CUPSI, an annual slam poetry tournament, hosted by the Association of College Unions International (ACUI), where dozens of college teams compete for one ultimate spot.

Penn State, University Park, is an active member of ACUI; last year was the first time its team competed at CUPSI. The 2016 team, comprised of poets David Gaines, Abby Kennedy, Davon Clark, Rabiyatu Jalloh, Ka’lee Strawbridge-Moten and coach Gabriel Green, traveled to Austin, Texas, to compete against 66 talented collegiate teams from all over the world, and placed 27th.

Supporters can contribute toward the CUPSI trip at

The mission of W.O.R.D.S. is to create an environment that is conducive to the sharing of personal stories and experiences, and to promote the expression of those stories through creative writing. Visit ​ for more information.

Last Updated November 07, 2016