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Claire Pearson is getting ready to compete in poetry at the national level.Claire Pearson can usually be found in Uptown, where she works for three local shops. When not at work, Pearson writes and performs poetry, and is a member of the Flagstaff National Poetry Team.
“I’m competing at this poetry bout in Flagstaff on Saturday night,” she said.

“I’m on the Flagstaff National Poetry Team, and I get to compete with 75 other teams in Oakland, Calif., for the first week of August. So we have a regional bout in Flagstaff on the 19th. We’re competing against the three other Arizona teams and the Albuquerque team.”

With competition just around the corner, Pearson admitted that she is a tiny bit nervous.

“I always get a little bit nervous,” she said. “Mostly I’m worried I’m going to forget my poem halfway through.”

Pearson, 19, has been working in Uptown since graduating from Sedona Red Rock High School in 2013, where she was first introduced to creative writing and poetry.

“Christopher Lane and somebody else would come in and do these writing workshops for our humanities classes, so I started getting into creative writing by doing that,” she said. “And then they had Poetry Out Loud. I liked that because I liked the performance aspect. Then one of the kids on the youth team here came up to me after Poetry Out Loud and said he really liked what I did.”


To read the full story, see the Friday, July 18, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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