Ignited by English major Reagan Myers and Gina Keplinger in 2015, UNL’s Slam Poetry team is a proud part of our English Department and competes each year at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. The team holds monthly poetry slams on campus and considers themselves an artistic force for social justice at UNL. In their 2019 season, our team placed in the top twenty teams in the nation. English majors Bianca Swift and Celie Knudsen are key poets on the team, along with Celine Haynes, Jack Buchanan, and Jax Lindstrom. Coached by UNL Associate Professor Stacey Waite, the success of our poetry team owes a great debt to Nebraska Writers Collective’s Louder than a Bomb-Great Plains high school poetry program, from which many of our poets learn to write and perform at very high levels.
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