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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Representing the 5th District of MISSOURI

Town Hall: The 5th District Kansas City Slam on the Vine Competition

Monday, August 8, 2016 - 6:00pm

Join Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II in a town hall featuring the first annual 5th District Kansas City Slam on the Vine, a spoken word competition for students ages 14-18 in the 5th District of Missouri. Talented students will have the opportunity to showcase their spoken word talents and compete for a trip to Washington, D.C.

To register, just follow this link and fill out the registration form here.

Please note that each entry will be required to submit a YouTube video of the poem they intend to compete with.

All competition rules can be found here.

*Please note that neither the registration form nor competition rules can be accessed from a smartphone.*

Finalists will have the opportunity to present their work on August 8, 2016, at the Blue Room at 18th & Vine.



Poetry slam participants must be enrolled in a middle school, high school, or home school program in the Congressman’s District. If a competitor’s school is not located in the Congressman’s District he/she may still compete only if he/she resides within the Congressman’s District. If a competitor is unsure whether or not he/she lives in the district, competitors may check which district they reside in by visiting the House of Representatives’ website ( Poets must be no younger than 14 years old and no older than 18 years old on the day registration opens. Graduating seniors from the class of 2016 are permitted to participate. 

Only individuals can submit poems. Team poetry is not permitted.


  • Must be a High School student.
  • Student must reside or go to school in the Fifth Congressional District of Missouri.


  • We are impressed with the volume of applications we have received thus far. In an effort to assist those who are still working on their submissions, we have extended the deadline for submission to August 1, 2016 at 11:59pm. Only registered poets may compete. 


  • For questions about the KC Slam on the Vine, please contact Manny Abarca ( or Cianan Lesley ( or (816) 842-4545.