The Berkeley Poetry Slam featuring QUEEN JASMEEN with spotlight feature JAMES CHURCH

The Berkeley Poetry Slam featuring QUEEN JASMEEN with spotlight feature JAMES CHURCH

Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 2000.

Last Wednesday the Berkeley Poetry Slam kicked off 2014 into high gear, and it was something special. We’re looking to keep the good energy going this week as we are featuring Santa Cruz’s resident poetic powerhouse, Queen Jasmeen!

We’ll also have a special Spotlight Feature set from a native of San Francisco’s Mission district and one of the hottest young poets running around Texas (literally and figuratively, because Texas is friggin’ hot), James Church.

And this month we are on the ROAD TO WOWPS so all female-identified poets will get priority on our sign up list to accumulate points for our WOWPS finals at the end of the month.

Sign ups for the slam start at 7:30. The season is in full swing so earn you way to compete for a spot to represent Berkeley at the National Poetry Slam in Oakland in 2014.

Your host for the night will be Toaster, with musical accompaniment by Three Blind Mice



Jasmine Schlafke is a poet, activist and mother from Santa Cruz, CA dedicated to expression and art. She earned her spot on a National poetry team for the last three years and is teaching slam in alternative high school settings, weekly. In her free time Jasmine volunteers for a mental health network and remains committed to mental health activism and liberation.

My name is James Church, a.k.a Heart, and I was raised in the jungle of my grandfather’s backyard within the Mission District of San Francisco, California. I was born half-Hispanic, half-sidewalk and would talk to anything that pretended to listen. I moved to College Station, Texas during the summer of 2010. I began reading my past aloud to the ears of audience members for a non-profit organization called Mic Check, which I’m the Writing Director for, and I haven’t stopped since. I am an English Major at Texas A&M University. I have an affinity for day old cheese pizza, comics, and losing bets. If you see me talking to myself, don’t be wary, I’m just attempting to transcribe everything the light touches into poetry.


Upcoming Features:
January 22nd Thadra Sheridan returns to the Bay
January 29th WOWPS finals!

3101 Shattuck Avenue, 510-841-2082
(1 block uphill from the Ashby BART).
$7 – $10 sliding scale (most nights)
Cash Prizes!
Sign-up: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:30 p.m.
ALL AGES before 10 p.m.

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Berkeley Slam History:

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3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, California 94705
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