By Anna Mason and Tommy Brannigan
photos via YCA
On a sunny Saturday on February 18 , dozens of preteens are strolling around an open stage at Columbia College until it’s time for their performances. Half Pints, the slam poetry competition and open mic for kids not quite old enough for the Louder Than A Bomb Poetry Festival.
Half Pints is 9-years-old this year, close to the ages of many of the fifth to eighth grade participants who are filling the room. Some are laughing with friends, some talking with parents—others are quietly reading over their poems. All of them are here, from different zip codes and experiences, to share their stories.
Diana Makowski’s poem is about video games, while Sam Harris adopts the stage to share his love of rapping. The skill, and sometimes serious subject matter can make the...