The Atlanta Hawks Organization will host its fourth annual Poetry Slam Finals Thursday night, March 21. The event will be held at the Hard Rock Café.

Nominations for the Atlanta Hawks Poetry Slam were accepted through February 15, 2013 and open to high school students in grades 9-12 who attend school within 75 miles of Philips Arena. The final round of the competition will feature 15 students from 12 different schools in seven different counties throughout Georgia.

This year’s theme was “My Atlanta” and finalists will be judged on connection to the topic, overall message and originality/creativity.

Judges will include Atlanta Hawks Forward Dahntay Jones, Devika Rao of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Trent North, Director of Community Affairs and Program Compliance for Carrollton City Schools and poet, novelist and editor Collin Kelley.

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