A shared love of reading, writing and reciting poetry united students, teachers and an alumni of Zachary High School for National Poetry Month in April.

The second annual Poetry Slam held April 17 in the Black Box — a small performance theater inside the larger Zachary Performing Arts Center on the school’s campus — featured the group reciting favorite poetry.

The slam was hosted by the ZHS Library Club.

Student Angelle Carter, chairwoman, also acted as emcee, and club members Spencer Bynum, Akira Grant and Aiden Hill assisted in producing the program.

The annual activity provides an opportunity for students to recite their own original work or favorite verse by other poets.

“It’s also a chance for the students to build relationships and have a little fun in a casual but exciting atmosphere,” ZHS librarian Christina Knight said.