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2017 City-Wide Poetry Slam Finals

2017 City-Wide Poetry Slam Finals

Ella Edelstein and Mira Simonton-Chao
March 31, 2017
Filed under FRONT PAGE, POETRY, STUDENT ARTS, UNCATEGORIZED

Fourteen teen poets huddled together under the yellow lights and dormant disco ball hanging above the stage in Ann Arbor’s Neutral Zone on March 30. The poets—winners of preliminary rounds at high schools across the city—were competing for six spots on the Neutral Zone’s Ann Arbor Youth S...

Neutral Zone Hosts Youth Diversity Forum

Neutral Zone Hosts Youth Diversity Forum

Grace Jensen, Photography Editor
December 10, 2016
Filed under LOCAL, NEWS, SCHOOL

On a chilly Friday morning reminding Ann Arbor that winter was near, drifting snowflakes found their way to the shoulders of Community students trudging towards the Neutral Zone. Deciding to make introductions, the group shared answers to questions they had invented on the walk: "what is your name?",...

Live at the B-Side: High School Bands Perform at Neutral Zone

Live at the B-Side: High School Bands Perform at Neutral Zone

Anurima Kumar
May 17, 2016
Filed under STUDENT ARTS

On Saturday, May 14, these four high school bands performed at the Neutral Zone: Rosewood, Pyramid Schemes, The American Automobile and Earl Grey and the Teabaggers. Each band had an hour allotted for their set. Tickets were $5 upon entry. ...

The Highlight of the Year

The Highlight of the Year

Marika Chupp and Elena Bernier
March 11, 2016
Filed under LOCAL, STUDENT LIFE

Two hundred assorted neon highlighters anxiously awaited 7:00 p.m on March 4th. Moments later the doors of the Neutral Zone would be flooded by a throng of Ann Arbor youths. The fourth annual Live on Washington Highlighter Party was about to begin. The Neutral Zone is a non-profit teen center tha...

Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk

Matty Hack
April 2, 2015
Filed under FRONT PAGE, NEWS

As Kathryn Garcia, the first poet to read at the 2015 Community High School Poetry Slam, took the stage and began reading, the audience fell to hush. Hardly a noise was made through her poem before the applause at the end of her performance. Jeff Kass -- literary arts director of the Neutral Zone, Pioneer...

Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam Rocks the Neutral Zone

Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam Rocks the Neutral Zone

Emre Babbitt
April 4, 2014
Filed under LOCAL, NEWS, VIDEO

Last night, 21 poets representing Pioneer, Huron, Skyline, and Community, all took the stage at the Neutral Zone. They were competing for six spots on the Ann Arbor team that will compete at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in Philadelphia this summer. Jeff Kass, a Pioneer te...

Creal Releases Album at Neutral Zone Event

Creal Releases Album at Neutral Zone Event

Sofia Kromis and Thomas Repasky
March 14, 2013
Filed under A & E, MUSIC

Walking into the Neutral Zone at 7:00 on Saturday, March 9, people were filling the room that would hold about 150 people by the end of the night--a great turnout for a weekend show at The B Side. Pool tables were clattering with balls, concessions were sold for $1 apiece, but most people were crowded...

Poetry Night in Ann Arbor

Poetry Night in Ann Arbor

Sofia Kromis
December 3, 2012
Filed under A & E

On Thursday, Nov. 29, the Neutral Zone hosted the 13th annual Poetry Night in Ann Arbor at Rackham Auditorium. This event gives aspiring poets in the area a chance to read their work alongside professional writers. This year, poets included students from four of the Ann Arbor public high schools, a h...

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