The Flourish Alabama to Host Word Up! Poetry Festival at the Central Library on December 17


What: The Word Up! Festival, a poetry slam featuring high school students from all 7 Birmingham High Schools 
Who: The Flourish Alabama in partnership with Birmingham Public Library and the Greater Birmingham Arts Education Collaborative to host the 2021 Word Up! Festival.  The Flourish Alabama is a local arts and arts education nonprofit organization dedicated to helping artists Bloom. 
When: Friday, December 17. Preliminary Rounds begin at 5:00 pm, followed by the Final Round (featuring the top 4 schools) at 7:00 p.m. 
Where: The Central Library, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, Ala. 35203
About the Event: Come see the top poets from Birmingham’s seven high schools compete for $5,000 in cash prizes at the 2021 Word Up! Festival. This festival is a culmination of The Flourish's Word Up! Program, a city-wide poetry competition featuring high school students from across Birmingham. The public is invited to attend this free event to cheer on the young student poets. 

Birmingham, Ala. – Want to see some of Birmingham's most talented spoken word artists? Then make plans now to be at the Central Library downtown on Friday, December 17, as poets from Birmingham’s seven high schools compete for $5,000 in cash prizes at the 2021 Word Up! Festival. 

This poetry slam is sponsored by The Flourish Alabama in partnership with The Birmingham Public Library (BPL), the Greater Birmingham Arts Education Collaborative, the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Magic City Poetry Festival and the Woodlawn Foundation

Founded by Eric Marable Jr. and Jahman Hill, The Flourish Alabama is a nonprofit organization dedicated to planting seeds that allow young people's talents to bloom. Marable and Hill are veteran performers of BPL's Bards & Brews spoken word poetry/craft beer event.  

The 2021 Word Up! Festival will culminate a poetry slam team The Flourish Alabama helped build this year at the seven Birmingham high schools – Woodlawn, Jackson-Olin, Parker, Ramsay, Carver, Wenonah, and Huffman.

“We demonstrate proper technique in Slam Composition, Slam Performance, Building the Squad, and Poetry as Competition, and the focus is on the importance of using your voice to speak your truth,” said Marable and Hill in a statement. 

Word Up! is made possible with support from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and Magic City Poetry Festival.

A year ago, BPL partnered with The Flourish Alabama and Birmingham City Schools to host the 2020 "Word Up" poetry festival online on the BPL Facebook page virtually.