Romantic poet William Wordsworth once observed that “poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.”
Gloversville High School English teacher Stephanie Alam recalled that quote following the school’s first ever Poetry Jam Tuesday, April 16 as she described the work of the nearly 20 student poets who participated in the event.
Alam said the idea for the Poetry Jam began to develop this fall when seniors in her creative writing class suggested the idea of a spoken-word poetry event.
The Poetry Jam featured work by students, some of whom are already published poets. Published poems by GHS alumni Alex Miller and Jameson “Sonny” Duross were also featured at the Jam.
Students participating in the event were: Kaylee Hotaling, Freddie Perez, Mystia Kirby, Charles Hunold, Ashley Darling, Maryum Nazir, Kourtney Hotaling, Ravena Murphy, Zidora Richards, Isaack Shaffer, Ashley Barksdale, Alanna DiMartino, Jocelyn “Tiffany” Kaczor, Abbey Wells, Bella Marshall and Dylan Nellis.
Hotaling, Marshall and Wells also received awards this year for their poetry at the Lake Placid Poetry Contest. They read their poems during the contest’s awards ceremony April 27 and will have their work published in a Lake Placid Institute publication. (Read story: GHS student poets featured at Lake Placid event.) DiMartino was a 2018 Lake Placid Poetry Contest winner.