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General Information

OC RYSE is the only performance poetry competition featuring teams of students from high schools across Orange County. Teams of up to 6 may register for the event. Home school teams, after school clubs, & similar organizations can compete as long as they adhere to all the rules for traditional schools.

OC RYSE intends to increase the exposure of poetry to a general public audience through engaging, dynamic performance. The term slam denotes a competition, not a specific style of poetry. Indeed, for this competition students will be asked to showcase a range of poetic interests and abilities.

First, student performers choose a classic poem to dramatically recite. Second, students craft and perform an original response poem that echoes elements of the classic choice. This synthesis of academics and artistry promises audiences a stimulating exploration of poetry’s broad power.

Saturday, March 11, and Sunday, March 12, 2017

Orange County School of the Arts
Center for the Arts
Margaret A. Webb Theatre
801 N. Main Street
Sana Ana, CA  92701


Guest Judges


Dorothy Barresi is the author of four books of poetry: American Fanatics Rouge Pulp; The Post-Rapture Diner, winner of an American Book Award; and All of the Above, winner of the Barnard College Women Poets Prize.

She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, the Emily Clark Balch Prize from Virginia Quarterly Review, and a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry, The Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, Volt, Pool, and Ploughshares.

She has frequently served as a judge for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry and is Professor of English and Creative Writing at California State University, Northridge.

Michael Miller

MICHAEL MILLER is the publisher of Moon Tide Press and organizer of the poetry series at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton.

An arts editor and reporter for the Los Angeles Times, he has also served as a judge for Poetry Out Loud and the San Diego Book Awards.  His credits include The First Thing Mastered (Tebot Bach, 2013); College Town (Tebot Bach, 2010); and Thief After Dark (FarStarFire Press, 2002).

Eric Morago  

ERIC MORAGO is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet who believes performance carries as much importance on the page, as it does off. His poetry collections include the book “What We Ache For” and album “I Don’t Like Straws.” He is a poet-in-residence with California Workforce Association and teaches workshops for Red Hen Press’ Writing in School’s program.

 Rhodora Ogbu

MYRENNA OGBU is a host of Poet’s Café on KPFK. Originally from Nigeria, she has a long history of hybrid poetry projects stretching across multiple countries. Her CD, Warm Sunday, mixes poetry and jazz.  She is presently at work on a similar music-poetry fusion project. 

 Patty Seyburn

PATTY SEYBURN’S award-winning collections include Hilarity, Mechanical Cluster, and Diasporadic. Her work appears in a variety of publications including Poetry, The Paris Review, and Slate.  She is a professor at California State University, Long Beach, and co-edits the journal POOL: A Journal of Poetry. 

Information Session & Workshops with Performance Poet, Raundi Moore-Kondo

Teacher / Coach Workshop

Friday, December 9, 2016 | 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Student Workshop

Friday, February 24, 2017 | 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM


Event Center - 801 N. Main St. Santa Ana, CA 92701

Raundi Moore-Kondo

Raundi Moore-Kondo is convinced that the zombie apocalypse is just another metaphor for poetry, which explains her strange compulsion to infect everyone with it. To that end she founded For The Love of Words Creative Writing Workshops & Small Press ( She has been the featured poet on KPFK’s Poet’s Café, Spoken Word/Spoke Song, and just about everywhere in Southern California.

Raundi is the editor and publisher of two all-ages anthologies: A Poet is a Poet No Matter How Tall and Episode II:ATTACK OF THE POEMS. She has a full-length collection Let the Ends Spill over your Lips and a chapbook, The Mammary Chronicles: The Hills Are Alive, dedicated to raising awareness and funds for breast cancer charities.

Updated: 01/12/2017

Questions? Contact Josh Wood at or 714.560.0900 ext. 6985. 

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