Campus News 2014

Slam PoetryFor Immediate Release
April 16, 2014

SU junior wins Slam Poetry contest

Participants of the 2014 Texas Writer Conference and Schreiner students performed slam poetry during the Texas Heritage Music Foundation’s Texas Coffee House on April 2 on campus.

Rachel May, a junior English major who has been interested in poetry since the fifth grade, won first place with her poem “Panic Attack.”

“I had a panic attack earlier in the week, and wrote the poem when I managed to come back and calm down,” May said. “I still felt shaky a few days after, so I thought reading the poem out loud and in front of people might help to clear my head and straighten out my emotions more. It was a bit of a cleansing ritual.”

Aaron Melzow won second place and Josh Calderon won third place in the competition.

A poetry slam is a competition at which poets read or recite original work. These performances are then judged on a numeric scale by previously selected members of the audience.

For more information about Texas Coffee House events, contact Dr. Kathleen Hudson at or  830-792-1945.