Monthly Archives: April 2014

5 Questions with Joaquin Zihuatanejo

by Betsy Gomez

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“This week’s feature needs a place to stay. Can he crash at your place?” With those words (or some approximation of them), Joaquin Zihuatanejo and I ended up become fast friends, spending many an hour discussing everything from slam to comic books to movies to a shared love of fried chicken. I didn’t know his work before he stayed at my house, but I pretty quickly learned that Joaquin is every bit as compassionate, fearless, inspirational, energetic, funny, and wise as his poetry is. There’s that old nugget about talking the talk and walking the walk — I’m pretty sure it started with Joaquin Zihuatanejo.

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The Berkeley Poetry Slam featuring Joaquin Zihuatanejo

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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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The open slam is back in full swing at BPS and this week we have, all the way from Dallas, TX, the 2008 International World Poetry Slam champion, Joaquin Zihuatanejo.

Get on over to the slam and start accumulating points to qualify for next year’s slam team and our IWPS competition to represent Berkeley at the International World Poetry Slam.

 

Upcoming Features:

May 7     Brynn Saito

May 14   David Winter

May 21   Chinaka Hodge

May 28   Good Ghost Bill and Zachary Caballero

June 4th  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 Shawn William

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by Jason Bayani

The open slam is back this week at the Berkeley Poetry slam and our feature is Shawn William. He’s been a longtime mainstay in the Bay Area poetry scene and a three time grand slam champion. As a solo artist and member of Fiveology, a collective of poets whose membership boasts NPS champions Rudy Francisco and Javon Johnson, he’s been featured on TV shows such as Arsenio Hall and Verses and Flow and has opened for Jill Scott. He is one of the most commanding poets I’ve seen on stage but what has always impressed me most is his clever, heady approach to the musicality of language and our ability to bend and change it’s meaning. He’s also a Bay Area guy through and through. And that’s important.

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2014 Berkeley Slam Team

***UPDATE****

After some reshuffling the Berkeley 2014 Slam team is now

Toaster, B Deep, Abe Becker, Brandon Melendez

And the grand slam champ and our first Macaroni belt winner since 2011, IMANI CEZANNE!!

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Berkeley Slam Finals

We are pumped for tonight’s Season Finale of the Berkeley Poetry Slam. 8 contestants will compete for 5 spots to represent Berkeley at the National Poetry Slam this August in Oakland, California. 

If you want to get a live twitter feed of all the action follow the Berkeley Slam on Twitter! @berkeleyslam

 

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The Berkeley Poetry Slam FINALS!!!

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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 1999!

https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam
http://berkeleypoetryslam.tumblr.com/
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This is what it’s all been building up to, folks. Poets have been slamming for the last year to earn their way into semifinals, and now the top four poets from each semifinal bout will compete to see who will represent Berkeley at the 2014 National Poetry Slam right next door in Oakland, CA! Only five poets can make the team – come see which ones!

Our special guest host will be Fiveology member and three time grand slam champion (he’s also our featured poet next week) Shawn William!

Here’s the line-up:

Danez Smith
Leo Bryant
Abe Becker
Imani Cezanne
B Deep
Toaster
Brandon Melendez
Jaz Sufi

This is a fundraiser event – all money raised will go straight to funding Team Berkeley. If you can only make it to one show this year, make it this one. It’s going to be the biggest and the best, with the top poets doing their top work. Don’t miss it!

UPCOMING
April 23: Shawn William
April 30: Joaquin Zihuatanejo
May 7: Brynn Saito
May 14: David Winter
May 21: Chinaka Hodge
May 28: Good Ghost Bill and Zachary Caballero

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

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 Jamie DeWolf

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by Jason Bayani

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Jamie was one of the first guys I met in slam. We also lived together for a few years. People always ask me questions about it when they find out like it must have been all insane and crazy but I’m pretty sure when it came to living habits, I was probably more strange.

He’s one of the first people I’ve ever met who managed to make the art happen at the same time in several different spaces. I’ve always had a deep appreciation for what he creates on paper or film. Sometimes I think some of his most intriguing art  is what happens the moment he hits the stage. It’s not just the pushing or discomfort he can make you feel at times, but the kind of pull you feel into accepting your base urges. It’s a kind of transformation not a lot of poets feel comfortable in inducing. But Jamie is right at home with it.

He’s become so much more than a poet over the years. He’s a filmmaker who directed the movie, Smoked, and is responsible for several of the Youth Speaks produced videos going viral right now. He’s one of the most sought after hosts and is running what is probably the biggest monthly event in the Bay Area. He’s a segment producer and has often been featured on NPR’s Snap Judgement. And he’ll still come by and perform at the slam or coach teams every once in a while.

He’s been interviewed a lot because, as many of you know, he is the great grandson of L. Ron Hubbard and a vocal opponent of Scientology. But I was hoping to get more of a peek into his artistic processes and find out what makes the work he creates.

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5 Questions With Jade Sylvan

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by Jason Bayani

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We are back with 5 Questions after a brief hiatus (mostly because we went two weeks without a feature). Our slam team selection process begins this week as the first round of semifinals kicks off. Our feature is Write Bloody author, Jade Sylvan. Jade recently released, Kissing Oscar Wilde, an autobiographical novel that travels the familiar territory of the Bohemian artist in Paris, while serving to break and deconstruct the conventions most commonly associated with it. She’s a multi-talented artist and member of the 2013 Boston Poetry Slam Team. She also released the film, Ten, this year and has been published in Pank and Radius.

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