2016 Vocalize winners

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Medium security, intimidate,

Metal plate,

Don’t be late,

Leave your cell phone at the gate,

But “I was in prison, and you came to visit me.”

– Lt. Brandon Kyle, based on Matt. 25:36b, and 2nd place Vocalize winner

Western Territory recognizes poets and spoken word artists

The Western Territory’s 2016 Vocalize competition recognized poets and spoken word artists.

“We’re excited to see spoken word and slam poetry be used as powerful weapons of spiritual warfare in The Salvation Army,” said Jessica Fagerstrom, territorial creative arts director. “It is so thrilling to witness Christian truths being communicated using such emotive and moving language.”

This year’s winners include: Cadet Stephen Hartt (1st place, youth), Samantha Kelley (2nd place, youth), Joseph Pederson (3rd place); and Lt. Amber Ohl (1st place, adult), Lt. Brandon Kyle (2nd place, adult), Victor Vega (3rd place, adult).

“We believe that by instituting a theme for the poetry and providing helpful writing materials and tips well in advance, we will be able to encourage shy writers and those who are new to the art of poetry writing to submit their work,” Fagerstrom said, looking toward the 2017 competition.

Anyone affiliated with a corps or program in the Western Territory can enter, including cadets, officers, youth, employees, corps members and beneficiaries. Submissions are judged on both literary content and a recorded performance of the piece, and winners receive a cash prize.

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