The Berkeley Slam presents THE FIRST ANNUAL YOUTH SLAM! With featured poet JAZZ HUDSON.

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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://berkeleyslam.org/
https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam
http://berkeleypoetryslam.tumblr.com/
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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!

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UPCOMING
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).
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 David Winter

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by Jason Bayani

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Tonight our feature at the Berkeley Slam is David Winter. He’s been published in several lit journals and is currently an MFA candidate at THE Ohio State University. This is his first time featuring at the Berkeley Slam and we’re exciting to have him come through. So let’s get this 5 Questions thing going…

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The Berkeley Poetry Slam featuring DAVID WINTER

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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.

http://berkeleyslam.org/
https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam
http://berkeleypoetryslam.tumblr.com/
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David Winter wrote the poetry chapbook Safe House (Thrush Press, 2013). His poems also appear in Atlanta Review, Union Station, Four Way Review, For Some Time Now: Performance Poets of New York City and other publications. David is currently an MFA student in Creative Writing at The Ohio State University and an Associate Poetry Editor for The Journal. He has taught creative writing in jails, at an LGBT senior center, and at Ohio State.

Your host for the night will be Jaz Sufi!

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UPCOMING
May 21: YOUTH SHOW with Jazz Monique Hudson! Priority on the list goes to poets under 18!
May 28: Good Ghost Bill and Zachary Caballero
June 4: 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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Palo Alto Slam Finals is This Saturday!

Palo Alto Slam Finals is This Saturday!

Our friends at the Palo Alto Poetry Slam are having their slam finals to determine a team that will represent them at the 2014 National Poetry Slam in Oakland, CA.

The competing poets will be

Mic Ting
Bozz L Ady
Leo
Patrick Ohslund
Melissa Rose
Lorenz Mazon Dumuk
Caleb Zachary Matthews
Tucker
Sibel
Lee Knight Jr
Sevan Boult
Liz Beth

The show starts at 6:30pm at John’s Cafe. 401 Lytton, Palo Alto, CA

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5 Questions with Brynn Saito

by Jason Bayani

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To kick off Asian / Pacific Islander American Heritage Month at the Berkeley Slam, we have  the enormously talented, Brynn Saito as our feature. Her first book, The Palace of Contemplating Departure was the winner of the Benjamin Saltman award and subsequently published by Red Hen Press. She’s a graduate of UC Berkeley and holds two Masters degrees from NYU and Sarah Lawrence. Bottom line, she’s dope, let’s get to the questions.

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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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