THE LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 2000.
The Berkeley Slam has always been an all-ages event, but on May 21st we’ll have our first ever Youth Slam! While everyone is allowed (and encouraged!) to sign up, priority on the list will be given to poets under the age of 18. Come see the best new voices in the Bay and our feature Jazz Hudson!
Young, fiery spoken word artist Jasmine “Jazz” Hudson has been rocking East Bay mics since the eighth grade. From her first writer’s workshop at the West Oakland Library — where her father sent her to “curb that mouth of hers” — she has performed everywhere from the streets of Oakland and Richmond to the national stage, often with her son Nassor at her side. Her work has appeared before Mos Def, Susan Taylor, Michael Eric Dyson and in high school classrooms all over the SF Bay Area. Jazz has also shared her work in social justice arenas such as rallies for Oscar Grant, Black August events, and Soulciety’s Empowerment showcase. She is also a former Brave New Voices International Teen Poetry Slam Finalist. In 2011, she self-published her first chapbook, “Small Minds Say Small Things.” She currently works as an arts educator in Oakland, CA.
Your hosts for the night will be Dre and Patrick!
May 28: Good Ghost Bill and Zachary Caballero
June 4: Carrie Rudzinski
June 11: TBA
June 18: TBA
THE STARRY PLOUGH
3101 Shattuck Avenue, 510-841-2082
(1 block uphill from the Ashby BART).
$7 – $10 sliding scale (most nights)
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/