CSU-Pueblo’s Black Student Union hosted a “Poetry Slam” Sept. 24 in the underground area of the Occhiato University Center.
At the event, participants read poems, raps, original work and did acapella. Sixty-seven people attended and 14 people participated. Some performers went on twice.
High chairs, high tables, candles, dim lighting added to the environment and mellow jazz played in the background to create a comfortable atmosphere where people expressed themselves. Lemonade and cookies were served.
After every performance people snapped. According to BSU, members in traditional “Poetry Clubs” the audience snaps instead of clapping.
“Some people who usually are not heard or seen on campus were heard and seen tonight. Nobody was judging anybody. The overall atmosphere was dope,” CSU-Pueblo student Jibrail Dibble said.
BSU didn’t have a goal number of people they wanted to attend, but were very happy with the number of people who attended. They haven’t announced a date yet but they told the audience there will be another Poetry Slam night soon.