COMING IN FROM THE COLD
LoserSlam, Long Branch, NJ (photos by Mary Cae
Winter months bring my two favorite slam events:
Louder Than A Bomb- the Chicago Youth Poetry Festival;
and the Women Of the World Poetry Slam, another PSi event.
LTAB is the youth slam for the Chicagoland area featuring high school
and middle school age divisions of teams and individuals taking an
educated step into performance, writing and collaborative art. The teams
represent area schools and writing/arts groups. In addition to the kids,
the LTAB College Slam features area rising talent in a series of bouts
that in the past has sent it's top finishers to the National Poetry
Slam. The Coaches slam lets the youth watch as their mentors practice
what they teach. The MC Olympics is a n event that connects LTAB
directly to it's HIpHop roots. The festival begins with the performance
and workshop series Crossing The Street and, for the first time will
include an Individual Championship final separate from final night. The
tentative schedule for the 11th annual LTAB can be found at
I am sad to say that, for the first time in several years, I will miss
LTAB final night, as the Chicago Four Star Poetry Club are acting as
official volunteers for the 4th Women Of the World Poetry Slam. WOWps
returns to Columbus, OH for the second year in a row where some of the
performance poetry's best veteran and young talent compete in
audience-inspired, good-spirited bouts for reputation, pride and, yeah,
prizes. in addition to brilliant battles there are great side events
like the Beauty vs. Brawn Slam, Head-to-Head Haiku, workshops and more.
The festival starts with the last-chance-slam for the prize of a paid
registration and guaranteed slot in the competition-proper from Poetry
Slam, Inc. The winner joins at least 63 other venue champs, legacy poets
(champs, multiple finalists) and storm (at-large) poets for 2 nights of
preliminary bouts the narrow the field to 10 for finals night. WOWps is
March 9-12 in Columbus go to
for more details and schedule.
Here are dates, so far, for 2011 Way of the B-Boy Tour: April 7th New
York City- Intangibles Slam; 8th Jersey City- JC Slam; 12th New York
City- Bowery Poetry Club, Urbana Slam;14th Providence RI- Encyclopedia
Show; 17th The Poets Asylum, Worcester, MA; 18th Worcester TBA; 18th
Portland, ME- Port Veritas; more dates to come.
Andi and I embark on a Northern California semi-residency: April 29th
Eureka, College of the Redwoods; 30th Arcata, Humboldt State University;
May 3rd Oakland Golden State Slam and Andi's birthday!; 5th Chico; 8th
San Francisco, The City Slam; 11th Berkeley Berzerkely Slam; 12th San
I have also qualified for next May's Mental Graffiti Chicago Grand Slam
for the 11th year in a row!
Graffiti/Chicago Slam Team
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