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Young Steel 'Slams' Cannon Coffee

The new youth slam poetry group held its first event at Cannon Coffee on Saturday.

This is not the poetry you studied in Freshman English, although you might sit in class with some of these young poets.

, the poets of Young Steel gathered at Saturday night for a slam poetry competition. The winner was 16-year-old Anna Voelker of North Hills, and Gabe Rosenberg took second place.

The group is mentored by members of , Pittsburgh's adult slam poetry group. Since Young Steel members range in age from about 14 to 18 and aren't old enough to perform in the clubs or bars where Steel City Slam usually reads, the coffeehouse gave them a venue for their own art.

Tera McIntosh, a Steel City Slam member who helped organize the event, said she hopes to hold Young Steel slam competitions every month. Young Steel has a Facebook page with more details.

Slam poetry is about voices, emotions, culture and performance. Check out our videos and photos to see what some of the young poets said about the event.

Erin Faulk February 02, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Editor's note: This article was updated Feb. 1 to include the name of second-place winner Gabe Rosenberg.

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