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Catie Osborn Performs Slam Poetry to National Audience

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February 2011


In the fall of 2010, Catie Osborn ‘10, read an email from the American College Theatre Festival informing her of a scholarship competition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. Osborn had written a poem, "Green Green Hope," and after a few modifications, she submitted the poem for consideration.

A few months later, Osborn received wonderful news from Gregg Henry, the creative director at the Kennedy Center. Osborn's work had been one of three selected nationwide to be performed at the ceremony! Mr. Henry asked Osborn if she would prefer a male or female perform her poem. Osborn replied by saying, "Well, preferably a female. I was thinking me?"

Mr. Henry was a bit surprised that Osborn wanted to perform her poem, but he was extremely supportive! Osborn was able to meet up with Mr. Henry at KCACTF Region V Festival in Ames, Iowa, and he watched her perform. He was extremely pleased with what he saw! Osborn performed her poem Jan. 31 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. Watch it online here (at 25:30).

"Green Green Hope" is a Catie Osborn original. It is about the idea that hope can survive even in the worst of situations and it can grow all around us and change the world. Osborn wrote the poem while she was on a "slam poetry kick." Slam poetry is a mix of poetry, rhythm, storytelling, and stand-up comedy which creates a unique and captivating product.

John F. Kennedy once said, "Once you settle for second, that's what happens to you." The SAU Theatre Department is inexplicably proud of Catie Osborn for never settling and continuing to chase her dreams! Congratulations, Catie!

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