Houston, Texas - Savannah Blue Arts and Outreach (SBAO) Executive Director Savannah Blue chose a dedicated volunteer and spoken word enthusiast to serve as the Assistant Tournament Director for the upcoming Bayou City Poetry Slam Festival.
Stella Kendall first met Savannah Blue at an open mic night, and eventually she attended the annual fall event, Bayou City Poetry Slam. As Stella attended more venues, she fell in love with the energy and the profound messages of modern poets - but the performances at the Bayou City Slam inspired her especially.
So it wasn’t long before Stella went from an enthusiastic fan of local poetry to her role as a dedicated volunteer for SBAO events. That impressed Savannah so much, she asked Stella if she would be interested in becoming a part of the SBAO team, and even consider being a member of the SBAO board. When the two met privately, Savannah Blue shared her vision for SBAO, which includes helping the youth and her passion for using poetry as an instrument to reach them. And Stella was hooked.
But Stella had to ask her, “Why me, out of all the poets you know that maybe better qualified. Why do you ask me?"
"It’s like I told Stella”, said Savannah. “There is just something about her and her energy I just felt this connection with, and it’s not too many that I feel that way about. "
Perhaps that ‘something’ was Stella’s obvious enthusiasm for spoken word. “There is just something about poetry.” Stella said when interviewed recently during a break in her many duties for SBAO. “The spoken word gives a soul liberation and in that moment sets you free. Poetry heals, and the visions of SBAO excites every fiber of my soul”.
As Assistant Tournament Director for the Bayou City Poetry Festival, Stella assist in the planning and promotion of the event.
"Basically whatever Brother Said and Savannah don’t have time to do - I do.” Stella laughs. “I’m proud of the work I am doing with SBAO. From maintaining the websites, creating publications, creating ads, creating an App for mobile devices, maintaining social media sites, ( Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google etc.) Attending planning meetings and doing whatever I can to help. I take great pride and honor in being a part of it. And in the process I get the opportunity to learn so much from Brother Said and Savannah. I am excited to see what'll happen next, to see the possibilities for us and our future. SBAO’s mission is nothing less than to preserve the art form of performance poetry. I think it's so important to keep the art of the Spoken Word alive in a dying world. And I get to be a part of that."