The 2009 ALL CITY All Star Poetry Slam Team is comprised of the top six individually ranked poets: DeAndre Hill, Daniel Richard, Taylor James, Christin Rankins, Chase Chenevert and Myeshia Carter who competed at the 2009 ALL CITY Poetry Slam Festival. The annual event is produced by The Word Play Teen Writing Project, which is part of the teen service unit of the Big Buddy Program. Four of the team members (Richard, Rankins, Chenevert and Hill) graduated from high school last May, and the two other members (James and Carter) have recently begun their senior year.       

Last July, BREC transported the team to Chicago to represent Baton Rouge at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam Festival. Word Play has been participating in that yearly event since 2006. This year, for the first time ever, the slam team progressed on to the semi-final round and missed making it into the finals round by seven-tenths of a point. These young writers and readers are the vanguard of the youth poetry slam movement in Baton Rouge.          

Wright’s reading is also the Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. School of Art Endowed Lecture for 2009. A reception for Deborah Luster’s photography will follow the reading at the Glassell Gallery.          

The mission of LSU’s Readers & Writers is to encourage literary exchanges between LSU and the community by providing a forum for readings and lively discussions of fiction, poetry and scholarship. Since its beginning in 1993, the program has hosted several Pulitzer Prize winners, numerous National Book Award recipients, up-and-coming literary stars and many renowned Southern writers.

For more information, please contact Christopher Shipman, LSU English instructor, at 225-578-3821 or

All City All Star Poetry Slam Team

LSU Readers & Writers and School of Art Present C.D. Wright and the ALL CITY All Star Slam Team

Sunday, Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. Old State Capitol, 100 North Blvd. in Baton Rouge.