Half Pint Poetics

HPP Front Flyer

HPP.5x4.25 Front


½ Pint Poetics is a literacy project developed for elementary school students ages 8-14. HPP consists of writing & performance workshops, service projects,  PDs for educators and a two day culminating poetry slam.  The  ½ Pint Poetics two day poetry slam will be held May 7th &10th 2016 @ DePaul University Lincoln Park campus. If your schools would like to get involved in ½ Pint Poetics, you can register your team to compete in the two day poetry slam, and or plan a field trip/s to attend one of the many activities.  For more info or to register your HPP team, contact Kiela kuumbalynxkiela@gmail.com or call 773-891-6514.

How do I book a field trip for my class?

1) Send an email to kuumbalynxkiela@gmail.com with the following information:

  • Name of school & community you are located in

  • # of students  attending

  • Names of chaperones & their contact info

  • What form of payment ($3 per student) Will you need an invoice?

  • Do you want to tour of the Depaul University campus?(priority to 7th & 8th graders)

2) Request a CPS purchase order # for entrance fee of $3 per student (payments made to Kuumba Lynx/CPS Vendor # 62669)

3) Book your transportation Drop off between 9:45am-10am and Pick up 12:15/ 1:15( if on campus tour)

4) Be sure to have this info on hand: Tuesday May 10th @10am -12pm @ 2250  Sheffield in the DePaul Student Center

5) Send a KL Media Waiver home along with your permission slips and turn into to KL prior to or day of event.  DOnt forget to bring a lunch if you will be touring the campus.

How do i register a competing team?

  • Team Registration fee of $250 due by May 1st (maximum of 8 members & 2 adults)

  • Complete all HPP Waivers & Permission forms (below) sign & scan and email/ mail to kuumba Lynx 4501 North Clarendon 60640 2nd flr

  • submit  competing poems (2)  need to be submitted via email by May 5th 2016 ( A “WORD WARRIOR” will be honored with an award)

  • Review the Slam rules with all participants (attachment)

  • Bout order is drawn before the start of the bout. Teams captains draw either an A, B, C, or D. Bout order goes as follows:Round 1 – Team A, Team B, Team C, Team D Round 2 – Team B, Team C, Team D, Team A


For more information on Rules & Guidelines Click Here

For more information on registration Click Here

For more information on how to Book a Field Trip Click Here


 Check out these links:

1/2 Pint Poetics competing teams




1/2 Pint Poetics project overview

To check out more videos from this year’s HPP Prelims Click Here

To check out more videos from this year’s HPP Finals Click Here