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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.

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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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The Berkeley Poetry Slam featuring QUEEN JASMEEN with spotlight feature JAMES CHURCH

The Berkeley Poetry Slam featuring QUEEN JASMEEN with spotlight feature JAMES CHURCH

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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Last Wednesday the Berkeley Poetry Slam kicked off 2014 into high gear, and it was something special. We’re looking to keep the good energy going this week as we are featuring Santa Cruz’s resident poetic powerhouse, Queen Jasmeen!

We’ll also have a special Spotlight Feature set from a native of San Francisco’s Mission district and one of the hottest young poets running around Texas (literally and figuratively, because Texas is friggin’ hot), James Church.

And this month we are on the ROAD TO WOWPS so all female-identified poets will get priority on our sign up list to accumulate points for our WOWPS finals at the end of the month.

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:

Jasmine Schlafke is a poet, activist and mother from Santa Cruz, CA dedicated to expression and art. She earned her spot on a National poetry team for the last three years and is teaching slam in alternative high school settings, weekly. In her free time Jasmine volunteers for a mental health network and remains committed to mental health activism and liberation.

My name is James Church, a.k.a Heart, and I was raised in the jungle of my grandfather’s backyard within the Mission District of San Francisco, California. I was born half-Hispanic, half-sidewalk and would talk to anything that pretended to listen. I moved to College Station, Texas during the summer of 2010. I began reading my past aloud to the ears of audience members for a non-profit organization called Mic Check, which I’m the Writing Director for, and I haven’t stopped since. I am an English Major at Texas A&M University. I have an affinity for day old cheese pizza, comics, and losing bets. If you see me talking to myself, don’t be wary, I’m just attempting to transcribe everything the light touches into poetry.

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Upcoming Features:
January 22nd Thadra Sheridan returns to the Bay
January 29th WOWPS 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: 8:30 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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3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, California 94705
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