Valley Scholars attend Slam Academy

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by Hannah Lynn Robinson

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“The goal of the Summer Slam Academy is to engage young people in the writing and performance of poetry as a means to develop their ability to analyze, understand, and express themselves,” says Lauren K. Alleyne, assistant director of James Madison University’s Furious Flower Poetry Center.

Renowned poets, Lynne Procope and Jive Poetic will work with 15 Valley Scholars on expression through poetry and performance. The students will perform their pieces on Friday, July 26, at 3:30 p.m., in Madison Hall room 1001.

“Overall, we hope to expose this group of students to a practice, that will undoubtedly empower, educate and engage them well beyond the week of the academy itself,” said Alleyne.

Between 8th grade and high school graduation, Valley Scholars are inspired, motivated and educated to become leaders in their classrooms and community. Those who complete the program receive scholarship support to attend JMU. The first cohort of students graduated from high school this year. 

The Summer Slam Academy is an off-shoot of Furious Flower, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this September at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

If you are interested in covering the event or conducting interviews, please contact me. I would be happy to connect you with event organizers and attendees.

Media contact: Hannah Robinson, 520-222-2808,

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Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 1, 2023

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