Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Berkeley Poetry Slam featuring TAYLOR MALI!

THE LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 2000.

http://www.berkeleypoetryslam.org/
https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam
http://berkeleypoetryslam.tumblr.com/
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This week we have Taylor Mali in the house! He’s a poetry slam legend, published author with Write Bloody Press, and the guy whose online videos all your teacher friends who’ve never went to a slam before keep emailing you.

Sign ups for the slam start at 7:30. Slam starts at 8:15. 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 Dre, with musical accompaniment by Three Blind Mice

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Bio:

Taylor Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the original poets to appear on the HBO series “Def Poetry Jam.” A four-time National Poetry Slam champion, he is the author of two collections of poetry and a book of essays, “What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World.” In April of 2012, Mali completed a 12-year project of convincing 1,000 people to become teachers and marked the occasion by donating 12 inches of his hair to the American Cancer Society.

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Upcoming Features:

March 5th The San Francisco State CUPSI Team
March 12th Jesse Bradley
March 26th Last Chance Slam
April 2nd Berkeley Slam team semifinals #1 featuring Jade Sylvan
April 9th Berkeley Slam team semifinals #2
April 16th Berkeley Slam team finals
April 23rd Shawn William
April 30th Carrie Rudzinski

THE STARRY PLOUGH
3101 Shattuck Avenue, 510-841-2082
(1 block uphill from the Ashby BART).
EVERY WEDNESDAY
$7 – $10 sliding scale (most nights)
Cash Prizes!
Sign-up: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:15 p.m.
ALL AGES before 10 p.m.

Slam Rules and Info: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/about/
Berkeley Slam History: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/history-2/

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5 Questions with Taylor Mali

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by Katherine Robinson

*Editor’s note: This week we gave the reins to our 17 year old intern, Katherine. Today she interviews well known poet and educator advocate, Taylor Mali, in our 5 Questions interview series.

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Taylor Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the original poets to appear on the HBO series “Def Poetry Jam.” A four-time National Poetry Slam champion, he is the author of two collections of poetry and a book of essays, “What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World.” In April of 2012, Mali completed a 12-year project of convincing 1,000 people to become teachers and marked the occasion by donating 12 inches of his hair to the American Cancer Society.

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Get to know our spotlight feature, Danny Strack!

Austin’s Danny Strack has been a National Poetry Slam finalist and is the current slam master for APS (Austin Poetry Slam).  If there’s one thing that can be said about his work it’s that as a poet he is constantly fighting for joy and all the things that make living a pleasure. Plus he’s a master juggler, maybe he’ll get a chance to showcase those skills at the show?

Here is a great piece Danny wrote in tribute to Stephen Hawking

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5 Questions with Brent Chappell

Brent Chappell comes from Saskatoon in the Canadian province, Saskatchewan. He’s a radiologist by day and poet by night. This week our Patrick Ohslund steps up to the plate to ask him 5 Questions…

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The Berkeley Slam featuring BRENT CHAPPELL with spotlight feature DANNY STRACK!

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THE LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA! 
Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 2000.

http://www.berkeleypoetryslam.org/
https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam
http://berkeleypoetryslam.tumblr.com/
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This week we are featuring, all the way from Saskatoon in the Saskatchewan province, Canada’s Brent Chappell. He’s been making a big splash in the Canadian national scene and this will be his first time featuring in the Bay so let’s give him a warm welcome.

Along with Brent we have Austin slammaster and National Poetry Slam finalist, Danny Strack in the house. It’s about to be another great night of poetry at the slam!

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 Dre

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Upcoming Features:

February 26th The one and only, Taylor Mali 
March 5th The San Francisco State CUPSI Team
March 12th Jesse Bradley
March 19th Battle of the Bay

THE STARRY PLOUGH
3101 Shattuck Avenue, 510-841-2082
(1 block uphill from the Ashby BART).
EVERY WEDNESDAY
$7 – $10 sliding scale (most nights)
Cash Prizes!
Sign-up: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:15 p.m.
ALL AGES before 10 p.m.

Slam Rules and Info: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/about/
Berkeley Slam History: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/history-2/

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Get To Know Our Spotlight Feature, JOSE LUIS PEIXOTO

Get To Know Our Spotlight Feature, JOSE LUIS PEIXOTO

Jose Luis Peixoto is a literary rockstar in his native Portugal. He’s published 10 books ranging from fiction to poetry and continues to be one of the top sellers in Portugal. A recipient of the Jose Saramago (the author of Blindness, which was made into a movie starring Julianne Moore) Literary Award, his translated novels have been published by Doubleday/Anchor/Random House. He’s in the Bay Area for a few days and will have copies of his new book, Antidote for sale.

As if there wasn’t enough reason to come to the slam this Wednesday for the F$%^ Yeah Valentine’s show with our awesome feature, Sarah Griff. Here’s another huge reason. If you didn’t already know, the Berkeley Slam is committed to bringing among the best in literary arts to the Bay Area on a weekly basis.

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5 Questions with Sarah Griff author of “Not Lost: A Story About Leaving Home”

by Jason Bayani

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Sarah Maria Griffin (or as many of the poets around here like to call her, GRIFF!) came to San Francisco from Ireland in 2012. She immediately made a huge impact in the Bay Area literary scene and has recently released a new book dealing with her experience as an Irish emigre in San Francisco through New Island. She also released a book of poetry in 2011, Follies, through Lapwing Press.

Catch her Wednesday, February 12th at The Berkeley Slam’s F$&* Yeah Valentine’s Day Show at the Starry Plough!

follow her on twitter: @griffsk and tumblr: wordfury.tumblr.com

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The Berkeley Poetry Slam presents THE F^*& YEAH VALENTINE’S SHOW featuring SARAH GRIFF and spotlight feature Jose Luis Peixoto

The Berkeley Poetry Slam presents THE F^*& YEAH VALENTINE'S SHOW featuring SARAH GRIFF

THE LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 2000.

http://www.berkeleypoetryslam.org
https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam
http://berkeleypoetryslam.tumblr.com/
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So we’re about take this ––as the movie, Her, calls it–– “socially acceptable form of insanity” that we call LOVE and do the unthinkable, celebrate it. Yes, we are celebrating love this week at the Berkeley Slam so bring in your poems that embrace this maddening, and possibly delusional concept and say F*^& it, or rather, F*^& yeah to love.

And to help us say F*^& yeah, will be the sensational poet and novelists, SARAH GRIFF! She just released her first book, “Not Lost” which chronicles her first year living in San Francisco after emigrating from her native Ireland.

We’ve also added a spotlight feature to our Valentine’s show in José Saramago Prize winning Portuguese author of Blank Gaze/The Implacable Order of Things, The Piano Cemetery, and Morreste-me,  José Luís Peixoto. He is one of Portugal’s hottest authors and has graciously agreed to stop by and do a couple of poems for the show.

Sign ups for the slam start at 7:30. All poems written to this week’s theme will get priority on the list. 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

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Bio:

Sarah Griff writes essays, poems, and other things. She is co-editor of Bare Hands International Poetry Journal. She’s placed first at the last show of each Lit Slam season two years running, and has featured at poetry shows all over the Bay (and most of Ireland, too). Her work can be found in The Irish Times, Medium.com’s Human Parts editorial and The Rumpus amongst many others. Her first collection of poetry, Follies, was published by Lapwing in 2011 and her emigration memoir, Not Lost, was published by New Island Press in November 2013. She is usually covered in cat hair. She likes video games from the 1990′s and complicated female protagonists. She tweets @griffsk and blogs at wordfury.tumblr.com

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Upcoming Features:

February 19th All the way from Saskatchewan, Brent Chappel with spotlight feature, Austin’s Danny Strack
February 26th The one and only, Taylor Mali
March 5th The San Francisco State CUPSI Team
March 12th Jesse Bradley
March 19th Battle of the Bay

THE STARRY PLOUGH
3101 Shattuck Avenue, 510-841-2082
(1 block uphill from the Ashby BART).
EVERY WEDNESDAY
$7 – $10 sliding scale (most nights)
Cash Prizes!
Sign-up: 7:30 p.m. Show: 8:15 p.m.
ALL AGES before 10 p.m.

Slam Rules and Info: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/about/
Berkeley Slam History: https://berkeleypoetryslam.wordpress.com/history-2/

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5 Questions with Amber Flame

by Jason Bayani

Amber Flame is a multi-talented artist from the Pacific Northwest. She was born in Texas, raised in Arizona and now resides in the Bay Area. Aside from her work as a poet, she’s also the lead singer and composer for the band, Last of the RedHot Mamas. She’s been on several slam teams and is currently representing Oakland at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam.

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Check out our February features!

Check out our February features!

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