Congratulations to this week’s #WordCrushWednesday poet Marie S. Saint Fort, a senior at Deerfield Beach High School. Ms. Saint Fort was a participant in the recent 2015 Word-Up Poetry slam. Her most evident traits may be her passionate, joyful spirit, and love of poetry. Today we highlight Marie’s original poem entitled Where I Come From. Where […]

Every Tuesday, bluapple Poetry dedicates the day to spotlighting a poet, event or cause that helps spread the word of spoken word poetry. This week the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network would like to spotlight tonight’s Blaze the Stage at Blaze Pizza Davie for our #SpotlightTuesday segment. Blaze the Stage, hosted by Marnino Toussaint, is […]

Congratulations to this weeks #WordCrushWednesday winner Carrie McKenna from Hollywood Hills High School! This week’s poem is entitled The Promise of Depression.   The Promise of Depression   The record spins, spins, and spins. Playing the same song over and over again. She became a mixture of emotions, one part suicidal and two parts lonely. […]

October 14, 2015 Nathaniel David Hopwood has been named this weeks #WordCrushWednesday winner! Nathaniel is a 16 year old native of West Palm Beach and currently attends Boca Raton Community High school.  The title of the poem is called The Roots of Poetry. “This poem was influenced by my overall experience with poetry and how […]

On September 29th, 2015, the 11th floor of Broward College’s Downtown Campus was abuzz with poetry. Teachers from Homestead to Deerfield Beach packed into the conference room to take part in the annual Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network Teacher Orientation and Training. This year, there was a healthy mix of veteran bluapple teachers and educators […]

October 1, 2015 This week’s #WordCrushWednesday featured poet is South Plantation High School senior, D’Andria Smith. D’Andria will be turning 18 later this month and aspires to be an award winning writer. She says writing has become her outlet and safe haven and, in fact, her “heart beats for writing.” She can feel the words […]

September 23, 2015 This week’s #WordCrushWednesday winner is bluapple poet Marnino Toussaint. Marnino is a 19-year-old rapper, poet, and teaching artist for the Omari Hardwick bluapple Poetry Network. He has been writing for six years now and has indulged in the art of spoken word and poetry since the age of 17. Marnino has fallen […]

On December 1, 2014, the Jason Taylor Foundation was honored to be one of 47 receptions of the prestigious Knight Arts Challenge Award for Louder Than A Bomb Florida. “We are honored and excited to receive this grant from the Knight Foundation,” said Jason Taylor, the legendary football hero who founded his non-profit organization in […]