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THE ROOTS OF SLAM POETRY are found in ancient oral traditions, and these Houston teens are taking the historic art to the global stage. Award-winning youth poetry team, Meta-Four Houston (M4H) is gearing up to rock the stage at Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival starting today. 

The historical all-girl team will perform a preview of their showcase prior to the virtual competition taking place Friday, July 23, and if successful, they will battle for the champion title Saturday, July 24. M4H’s assembly and versatility comes from all over the Houston area representing Houston, Humble, and Fort Bend with backgrounds in poetry, writing, rapping, and songwriting, making the girl-powered team a strong competitor, along with complete guidance from Houston’s fifth Poet Laureate, Outspoken Bean, and Alinda Mac. 

The group of seven consist of Adriana Winkelmayer (14), Katrina Machetta (16), Norah Rami (16), Madison Petaway (17), Mykah Scott (18), and Nadia Kay Boudreaux (19). “Slam Poetry is a mixture of wit and vulnerability,” Scott said in a press release. “It allows a person to perform their emotions while connecting to others.” In addition, the dynamic Houston squad is also sponsored by Writers in the Schools (WITS) a local non-profit bringing the magic and empowerment of writing to area students through programs led by professional writers for nearly 40 years.

M4H invites Houston to bring blankets and friends to join the outdoor preview showcase at the Writer’s In The School’s office located at 1523 W. Main St., starting at 6 p.m. 

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