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The Berkeley Slam presents SUPPORT THE BAR SLAM!

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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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Last week was our 2015 Indie Finals, where the top poets of the season battled to see who would represent the Berkeley Slam at the Individual World Poetry Slam. The competition was fierce, but at the end of the night, the winner was your 2015 Grand Slam Champ (and slammaster), Jaz Sufi! Before that was the National Poetry Slam, and months of practice for the big event. After all this competition, it’s time for some fun. You know what that means: another Support the Bar Slam!

Your host for the night is Toaster, with house band 3 Blind Mice!

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Sign up works the same: the list opens at 7:30 and closes at 8:10, with twelve poets* chosen through random draw. The twist: when it’s your turn, you come on stage and draw a second number. The audience will chant up until that number, and it’s your job to chug your drink until they stop. Failure results in a penalty game!

That’s not all for the audience, however. Everyone who buys a drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic!) gets a free slam bingo card. Take a drink every time you hear one of the squares. First one to bingo gets a free drink!

* All competing poets must be 21+ and will be asked to show ID after the draw is completed. All poets are required to buy at least one drink for the game, with subsequent drinks offered at a discount.

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September 9: Derrick Carr
September 16: Santa Cruz slammaster Raggedy Andey
September 23: Bad Poetry Slam with Rachel Lark! Come with your worst poetry!

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!
Workshop: 6:30 PM ♦ Sign-up: 7:30 PM ♦ Show: 8:15 PM.
ALL AGES before 10 p.m.

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The Berkeley Slam featuring JAZ SUFI!

Our feature, Jaz Sufi!

THE LONGEST RUNNING POETRY SLAM IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA!
Bringing you some of the best poetry from across the world, every week, since 1999.

https://www.facebook.com/events/755538534518634/
https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam
http://berkeleypoetryslam.tumblr.com/

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Last week was a fantastic show — the workshop was full, the slam list was packed, and the audience loved every second of it. This week, your feature is Jaz Sufi! If you’ve been to the Berkeley Slam, you’ve probably seen Jaz hosting, slamming, or just running around the Plough. Now come see her feature!

Your host for the night will be Dre, with house band Three Blind Mice!

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Jaz Sufi is a poet, a Bay Area native, and delighted to make your acquaintance. At 18, she became the slammaster of the Legendary Santa Cruz Indie Slam and the youngest slammaster of a PSI-certified venue in the country. Later that year, she assistant coached her team to place 8th at the 2011 National Poetry Slam. She competed on the city of Stockton’s Pierced Ear Poets team in 2012 and 2013, as well as being voted audience’s choice both years at inkSlam, and represented San Francisco at the 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam. She was also a featured poet at the 2011 USF Creative Justice Art Show, and will be published in the upcoming Hurt to Hope Anthology. Sometimes Jaz is sad in her poems, and that’s fine, but sometimes she’s not, and that’s fine, too.

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UPCOMING

November 19: Aleysha Wise
November 26: Sock Puppet Slam! Just like a regular slam, but sock-style!
December 3: Donny Jackson
December 10: Ela Barton

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!
Workshop: 6:30 p.m. 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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Re-Imagining Progress: The Power of the Word

Re-Imagining Progress: The Power of the Word

This Sunday you can see poetry legends Patricia Smith and Willie Perdomo along with Lorna Dee Cervantes, Denise Jolly, Sonya Renee, Josh Healey, and a whole host of incredible poets including Berkeley Grand Slam champs, Katelyn Lucas and Jason Bayani. You can see this entire show for free! But those seats are going quick so you will need to register with the event here or you may not be able to get in and bear witness to what will be an amazing night of poems!

https://reimagening-progress-power-of-word.eventbrite.com/

WHEN: Sunday, June 29, 2014, 5:30 pm (Doors will open at 4:45 pm for seating.)

WHERE: The David Brower Center at 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704. One of the Bay Area’s most advanced green buildings, the nonprofit David Brower Center is an inspiring home for environmental and social action.

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Berkeley Poetry Slam featuring ZACHARY CABALLERO and GOOD GHOST BILL!

Berkeley Poetry Slam featuring ZACHARY CABALLERO and GOOD GHOST BILL!

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 regular slam is back this week and we have Good Ghost Bill and Zachary Caballero all the way from Austin, TX. They’ve been a part of some of the most successful slam teams to come out of the weirdest city in Texas.

Come sign up for the slam and get points to qualify to the Berkeley Slam rep at IWPS this year!

Your host for the night will be Toaster!

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UPCOMING
May 28: Good Ghost Bill and Zachary Caballero
June 4: Carrie Rudzinski
June 11: Jared Paul
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

David Winter Author Photo

 

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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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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The Berkeley Slam presents SEMIFINALS #1, featuring Jade Sylvan!

APRIL 2nd! AT THE STARRY PLOUGH!

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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.

https://twitter.com/berkeleyslam
http://berkeleypoetryslam.tumblr.com/
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Semifinals start tonight! Come see the first clash of poets and find out which four will be competing in finals on April 16th for a spot on the 2014 Team Berkeley!

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

Here’s the line-up (subject to change):

SEMIFINALS #1 – April 2, 2014
1. Leo Bryant
2. Jelal Huyler
3. The Poetician
4. Patrick Ohslund
5. Danez Smith
6. Jason Bayani
7. Nazelah Jamison
8. Imani Cezanne
9. Abe Becker

SEMIFINALS #2 – April 9, 2014
1. Jaz Sufi
2. Toaster
3. Daniel
4. Be Deep
5. Queen Jasmeen
6. Joshua Merchant
7. Cameron Awkward-Rich
8. Brandon Melendez

The next three weeks are all fundraisers for the team. Come out and show your support! If you can’t be there, please spread the word and cajole, guilt, and bribe your friends into attending! These three shows are going to be among the best (if not THE best) of the whole year.

UPCOMING
April 9: SEMIFINALS #2 with Jamie DeWolf
April 16: FINALS! The top four poets from each semifinal bout compete for one of five spots on Team Berkeley to compete at the 2014 National Poetry Slam in Oakland, CA!
April 23: Shawn William
April 30: Carrie Rudzinksi
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

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The Berkeley Poetry Slam featuring JESSE BRADLEY

 

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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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Semifinals are almost here! This is your (second-to-) last chance to rack up points to compete for Berkeley’s 2014 slam team. This week we’ll be featuring Jesse Bradley, author of The Bones of Us.

Sign ups for the slam start at 7:30 and close 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 Toaster, with musical accompaniment by Three Blind Mice

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Bio:

TBA

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Upcoming Shows:

March 19th – 2014’s first Battle of the Bay!
March 26th – The LAST CHANCE SLAM
April 2nd – Semifinals #1 with Jade Sylvan
April 9th – Semifinals #2
April 16th – Team finals!

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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The Berkeley Poetry Slam featuring THE SAN FRANCISCO STATE SLAM TEAM

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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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We’re in the thick of team season, with semifinals and finals right around the corner. What better way to start things than with a feature by the San Francisco State slam team? Come send them off before they go rep the Bay Area at CUPSI!

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

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Bio:

TBA

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Upcoming Shows:

March 12th – Jesse Bradley
March 19th – 2014’s first Battle of the Bay!
March 26th – The LAST CHANCE SLAM
April 2nd – Semifinals #1 with Jade Sylvan
April 9th – Semifinals #2
April 16th – Team finals!

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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