Judge: The Poetic Diva
Poetic Diva aka Marsha Mills
Is the president of local poetry group, Rhyme N Chatt Interactive Poetry Organization, which has been active in the city for more than 20 years. Her work has been published in several poetry anthologies including Main Street Mondays. She has performed on several stages throughout the country including private gatherings, schools and community events. She has also served as a judge for the NAACP ACT-SO Competition in the poetry category. Even though Marsha, who is poetically known as the Poetic Diva, writes and shares her poetry, she takes great pride in being able to encourage young writers and provide them with a platform to share their work and grow their gift.
Qualities I look for include:
- Being comfortable with their words. If they are reading off paper, their presentation should be so compelling that I forget that the paper is even there.
- Owning their words. Every word serves a purpose in the work and deserves to be heard by the audience. Poets don't mumble....they project! In order for the audience to feel your work, you, the poet must feel them first.
- Making an emotional connection to their work. Tone, volume, speed, ebb and flow are important and help convey emotion and intent. The poet needs to be aware of how they wrap their voice around every word that they speak . . . or don't speak it at all.
The Poetic Diva in action: Stranger In My Mother